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Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review

Nova Series Drive Overview
The Nova Series solid state drive looks a lot like most other solid state drives we have looked at.  Corsair uses a brushed aluminum housing that protects the internal components of the drive.  On the front of the drive there is a sticker that tells us the capacity of the drive, in our case it is 128GB.  Corsair also offers a 64GB version of this drive.

Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive

Flipping the drive over to the back it is all plain.  Just like all solid state drives you have the standard SATA power and data connections, so no need to special cables or anything like that.

Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive

So what’s inside the drive?  Well to get into the drive you have to remove 4 small screws on the outside of the drive.  There are 2 “Void if Broken” stickers on the drive, but we went ahead and voided our warranty to show you what was on the inside of the drive.  When you remove the 4 screws the back of the drive easily comes off.

Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive

The inside of the Nova Series drive looks much like every Barefoot-based solid state drive we have looked at.  You have the newer IDX110M01-LC Eco chip with the Elpida S51321DBH-6DTS-F 64MB cache chip along side.  Below those 2 chips you have 16 8GB 32nm Intel NAND chips (8 shown, 8 on the other side).

Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive

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