Joined on 05/31/08
Don't Use Marvell Drivers!!
Pros: These Crucial SSDs are fabulous drives. However, there is a CRITICAL issue with the drivers. Do NOT use the Marvell drivers, since they will drag down the performance of the SSD to 5.9 in WEI. ONLY LOAD the Marvell configuration utility (NoDRV) so that the system properly sees the SSD and allocates the necessary resources. Use ONLY the latest Intel .inf and drivers. The drive will peg the needle at 7.9 in WEI and the TRIM function will likewise work perfectly.
Overall Review: These are GREAT drives
BEWARE of Socket 1155 Installs!!
Pros: Unitil I can get it to fit on a Socket 1155 motherboard, I really can't comment on any "Pro" aspects of this product!
Cons: Here's a copy of the email I sent to Corsair on the Socket 1155 compatability: "RE: CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 in Socket 1155 Motherboard. I recently purchased two (2) CWCH70(H70) units to install in the build of two workstations. The computers are using Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 motherboards (Socket 1155). Your web site claims that the CWCH70 Hydro units will fit and work on Socket 1155 motherboards. Unfortunately, I have learned (the hard way) that your claimed compatibility with Socket 1155 motherboards is UNTRUE, inasmuch as the holes on the backplate and insert holes on the front retainer ring do NOT align with the existing mounting holes on the Socket 1155 motherboard! Therefore, at the present time, I am stuck with two CWCH70 units that I cannot install in my computers. I am NOT pleased with this situation, especially since I specifically checked your web site for compatibility of those units with Socket 1155 motherboards before purchasing them.
Overall Review: CON Comments continued: "I would tend to suspect that I am not the first customer to bring this matter to your attention. So, I would like to have the complete correct fitting retaining mechanisms (for two CWCH70 units) sent to me immediately which will properly install the CWCH70 unit in a Socket 1155 board. That would include a properly fitting backplate and likewise a properly fitting front retaining ring and related hardware (plastic inserts, etc.). Over the course of the past few years, I have purchased many, many items of Corsair computer hardware and I have always been very pleased with the quality and performance of those prior Corsair products. However, this matter is an entirely different story. These misrepresentations concerning compatability with Socket 1155 boards is doing great harm to Corsair's reputation. I expect to hear from you promptly. Thank you.
Firmware 006 Update for this SSD
Pros: This drive has a new firmware update (006). The latest firmware is NON-destructive of the data on the drive. The update can be downloaded from Crucial here: http://www.crucial.com/firmware/0006/C300_FW0006.zip Additionally do NOT use the Marvell driver for this drive. It is OK to load the Marvell Console software, but do NOT allow the driver to load (the Marvell drivers are a disaster and will actually slow down the drive by over 25%). Instead, use Microsoft's embedded SATA driver for initial system load, and then supplement it by installing Intel's latest .inf driver and the latest Intel SATA RAID driver bundle (if you're not using RAID it won't hurt anything) since that will load the latest AHCI driver for the SATA 3 connection. Make sure the connection between the motherboard and the SSD is set to AHCI (or RAID if you're using an array), otherwise the TRIM function can't work. Incidentally Intel's latest RAID drivers allow TRIM to work inside a RAID array (nice!).
Cons: Absolutely none, providing you upgrade the firmware and don't use the Marvell drivers.
Overall Review: These drives are fantastic, but there's an even faster version coming by mid-2011.