With all of the attention being on the SandForce controller lately it is good to see Indilinx come out with the Barefoot ECO controller that allows you to take advantage of the speeds of the Barefoot controller, but at a lower cost than before. This is because they drives can now use the 32nm Intel NAND flash instead of the more expensive 40nm NAND flash. The cost of the drive isn’t as aggressive as we would have liked to have seen it, but it is cheaper than other Indilinx Barefoot based drives that are currently out.
As far as performance goes the Nova Series drive does perform a little bit better than previous Indilinx Barefoot based drives, but the performance boosts is not really that significant, especially not compared to SandForce drives. This drive also has support for Windows 7 TRIM. Obviously with any solid state drive you are going to see a definite increase in performance over a normal SATA drive, but this is one of the fastest solid state drives that we have tested here at ThinkComputers.
Right now this drive sells for $369 at my favorite online retailer. So if you are someone who is holding off on a solid state drive this might be the one to get as it has a lower price point than many other drives with the same performance. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Lower price than other drives
– A slight increase in speed
– Great availability
– No significant speed increase