Before taking a look at the Corsair Extreme X128 drive itself, we'll present the specifications. The Extreme series drives is based on some of the newest SSD technologies, like the Indilinx Barefoot controller and 64Mb cache. Corsair highlights these features:
|• Maximum sequential read speed up to 240MB/s
• Maximum sequential write speed up to 170MB/s
• Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash for maximum performance
• 64MB DRAM cache for stutter-free performance
• No moving parts for increased durability over standard hard disk drives
• Decreased power usage for cool and quiet operation and increased laptop battery life
• 100+ Year Life Expectancy (MTBF)
• Two year warranty
The read and write speeds look really promising, and would annihilate any regular hard drive in benchmarks. As mentioned, the drive uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller, and Corsair has chosen Samsung flash chips. "More than 100 years" is a feature worth mentioning about ones product, and is probably calculated using the MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) divided by the number of hours a computer is used on average each day. Corsair also covers the drive with a 2 year warranty.
Manufacturers use a lot of time and money to make some kinds of hardware look cool or special (like motherboards and graphics cards), but as far as SSD's go, the options are kind of limited. Because of this, the Corsair Extreme X128 is fairly simple to look at, with a painted black casing and a sticker on the top with the Corsair name, logo, model number, serial number etc.
The back doesn't have any sticker at all, and the only interesting part of this picture is the SATA connections for data and power.