|Corsair Nova V128 Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 08 April 2010|
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Indilinx-ECO Internal Components
Corsair has designed the Nova-series Solid State Drives to use the Indilinx-ECO processor, built on the same Indilinx Barefoot architecture shared by many other SSDs we've tested here at Benchmark Reviews. This section will detail the primary differences between the Indilinx ECO processor and the Barefoot controller previously used.
To the untrained eye, the Corsair Nova SSD looks like every other Solid State Drive you've probably seen when the internal components have been exposed. There's a collective bank of NAND flash modules, followed by the SSD processor chip and a subordinate SDRAM buffer module. Indilinx delivers the SATA-3.0Gb/s controller used on this sample, which was taken from the Corsair Nova V128 Solid State Drive CMSSSD-V128GB2.
The IndiLinx-ECO processor reveals the part number IDX110M01-LC, which is a first revision of their original IDX110M00-FC Barefoot chip. Indilinx claims that their Barefoot controller offers a maximum read speed 230 MBps and supports the capacity up to 512GB with standard multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash, but really this limit was based off of early generation chips. Although still part of the Barefoot family, the Eco revision adds processor refinements to enable native TRIM support in Windows 7 and better operational performance.
Sixteen 8GB multi-layer cell (MLC) Intel 29F64G08CAMDB 32nm flash NAND modules are joined to IDX110M01-LC data interconnect, and combine for 128GB of physical storage space. These 34nm NAND modules are now supported on SSDs, due in part to the new Indilinx-ECO processor revisions.
A single Elpida 64MB SDRAM module is marked with S51321DBH-6DTS-F, but the actual Elpida part number is EDS51321DBH-TS, which is a 166 MHz (CL3-3-3) mobile RAM component with an operating voltage of 1.75~1.95V. This 64MB cache buffer helps improve small write-to performance and removes any 'write stuttering' effect from all Indilinx Barefoot-based SSD products.
While Indilinx Eco/Barefoot SSD processors are non-exclusive components available market-wide, Benchmark Reviews respects that our sample was fitted to the Corsair Nova V128 CMSSSD-V128GB2. Please continue on for details and performance results for this Solid State Drive...