Corsair is no stranger to Marvell based SSDs. Prior to its current flagship Force 3 and Force GT (SF-2281 based) SSDs, Corsair released the Performance 3 Series using Marvell controllers. The attraction to Marvell is as follows: you get a much more affordable controller than SandForce's SF-2281 and you get the ability to roll your own custom firmware. The former is easy to benefit from, while the latter requires that you invest heavily in firmware development.

Today Corsair announced its second generation Marvell based SSD line: the Performance Pro. The drives boast sequential reads/writes of up to 515MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively. The drives come with a three year warranty and are available in 128GB and 256GB. 

The big question is obviously what firmware development looks like for the Performance Pro and whether or not we'll see firmware updates going forward. 

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  • FATCamaro - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    The biggest benefit is the lower return rate compared to the BSOD happy Sandforce drives. Good of you to skip that part. Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    "and you get the ability to roll your own custom firmware."

    Is that a veiled assertion that OCZ, for example, is lying when it says it writes its own, proprietary, firmware for its SF driven drives?
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  • Glibous - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    I believe OCZ has a special contract with Sandforce to write custom firmware for their drives. No other vendor has that luxury...yet. Reply
  • jeremyshaw - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    that hasn't stopped OCZ from failing, hard. Reply
  • Visual - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    That quote makes me wonder, is that just an "ability", or actually a necessity? Can't they just use firmware directly from Marvell?
    And also, even if they roll their own, and do not update it, will end-users have the ability to switch to Marvell's stock firmware?
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  • j3ff86 - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    I'll wait for the inevitable recall before I buy one. Reply
  • sequoia464 - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    Corsair has had the original performance 3 out for how many months now without a firmware update?? Seven or eight at least??

    Does that mean that they got everything absolutely correct on the first try, or does that mean not to hold you breath waiting on firmware updates on this new drive also?
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  • sequoia464 - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    firmware upDates .. Wish we could edit these comments, either that or I need to learn to proof read. Reply
  • MacGenius - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    Any chance of a review of this Anand? Reply
  • Sm0kes - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - link

    I would second this -- any chance a review is coming on this?

    I'd be very curious to see how this stacks up to like of the Crucial M4 and Samsung 830, particularly in the areas of garbage collection on non-TRIM enabled OS's (OSX).
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