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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
CoreRise Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD
Closer Look: Comay Venus Pro 3
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD Conclusion

Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Compared to toggle and asynchronous components used in older products, synchronous NAND flash used in new products like the Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD represent the future of consumer-level solid state drives. Not only are these components fast, but they maintain better performance throughout the product's lifetime. Compared to toggle and asynchronous NAND flash, synchronous components resist performance degradation as storage capacity is filled. Add this to an already-impressive SandForce SF-2281 solid state processor, and there's a good chance you'll have enough speed and performance to last the drive's lifetime.

Our performance rating considers how effective the Comay Venus Pro 3 solid state drive performs in transfer operations against competing storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-2281 with 500 MB/s read and write, which CoreRise increases to 555 MB/s read and 525 write maximum speeds for this SSD model. In our storage benchmark tests, the 240GB Comay Venus Pro 3 solid state drive performed at or above this speed, and outperformed most other SATA-based SSD's. Our test results demonstrated that the Comay Venus Pro 3 was good for delivering 558/534 MB/s peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark tests. Linear file transfers with Everest Disk Benchmark produced 491/472 MB/s, which exceeds performance of every other SandForce-based SATA solid state drive we've tested.

The Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD sent to us for testing is advertised to produce 4KB random read IOPS up to 40,000 and write up to 85,000 IOPS, although it is unclear what tools and configuration were used to produce these specifications. Using a SandForce-provided configuration for our own Iometer operational performance tests, we used a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target to produce 79,702 combined IOPS performance. Iometer proved that the Comay Venus Pro 3 could outperform every other SandForce SF-2200 based SSD product we've tested, while also competing with Intel SSD 520 series. In the 4K 32QD tests with AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD continued to outperform premium storage products such as the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition SSD.


Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. CoreRise has created a back-to-basics look with the brushed aluminum finish on their Comay Venus Pro 3 SSDs, which hides fingerprints and provides a durable shell. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. This isn't the case yet, and a metal chassis suits SandForce SSDs nicely.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to any solid state product line, and the Comay Venus Pro 3 series is no exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses because of their architecture and technology, but the hard metal shell adds a superfluous level of protection. CoreRise offers a three-year product warranty on the Comay Venus Pro 3, along with a 90-day free replacement policy that protects consumers should anything go wrong after the purchase. If any Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD product does happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users should contact CoreRise to receive support. It's a good practice to first contact the retail outlet where the product was purchased for return authorizations, as they could possibly offer quicker turn-around times.

Built with synchronous NAND flash components and a second-generation SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor, the Comay Venus Pro 3 solid state drive delivers native TRIM garbage collection and basic SMART support with an impressive 558 MB/s read speed and nearly 80,000 IOPS. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that could last up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules. Our testing of the Comay Venus Pro 3 demonstrated impressive performance across every benchmark, often outperforming OCZ's Max IOPS Edition. CoreRise products aren't readily available in North America, but once they do finally land on our shores there's a lot of great features and performance in the Comay Venus Pro 3 that make it an excellent SSD storage solution worthy of any notebook and desktop computer.


+ Outstanding 558/534 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ TCG OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption
+ Uses synchronous NAND flash components
+ SandForce SF-2281 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ Enthusiast-level operational I/O performance
+ 3-Year CoreRise product warranty support
+ Available in 40/60/90/120/180/240/360GB storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life


- Limited retail availability and support
- Expensive enthusiast-level product

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# RE: CoreRise Comay Venus Pro 3 SSDDoug Dallam 2012-05-31 21:55
Pretty amazing. How long did it take for storage devices to catch up to the SATA 3 standard? Now after only a couple of years, storage devices are already near saturation for SATA6. LOL totally amazing. This thing can transfer 30GB/minute.

It will still be a wait for USB 3 devices to catch up to the USB 3.0 saturation rate so we can see the benefit of USB3 to something as fast as this device. I can't wait to see CF flash or something similar come into line with the USB3 theoretical. Most cards never got past a little over half of the USB2 specs.
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# RE: CoreRise Comay Venus Pro 3 SSDDoug Dallam 2012-05-31 21:58

You say this drive is expensive, but I didn't see a price in the review.
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# lower pricesalfresco 2012-06-01 05:55
I don't think now is a good time to be entering any 'expensive' SSD into the market.

Yesterday I saw a sub 140 240GB Vertex3 in the wild. I paid more than that (170) for my 128GB Samsung 830 only 6 months ago.
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# pricesalfresco 2012-06-01 08:11
Those ^ are UK pounds
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