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Corsair Reveals Two 90GB SATA 6Gb/Sec Solid State Drives

Corsair Reveals Two 90GB SATA 6Gb/Sec Solid State Drives

Does speed rule, or is capacity king? Depends on who you ask, honestly. In the SSD world, there's a fight to find balance between the two, but Corsair's latest to ship definitely sides with speed. The company has just announced the world's first 90GB SATA 6Gb/s SSDs, the Force Series 3 and Force Series GT. Corsair Force Series 3 high-performance SSD upgrades have native support for SATA 6Gb/s, with a maximum sequential read speed of 550MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 500 MB/s. The Force Series 3 uses asynchronous flash memory to provide the industry’s best 90GB SSD performance value. Force Series GT, designed for enthusiasts who demand the fastest performance available, uses ONFI synchronous flash memory and boasts read speeds of up to 555 MB/s and write speeds of up to 505 MB/s. The use of synchronous flash memory makes the Force Series GT SSD particularly adept at reading and writing non-compressible data, such as video and music files.


All Force Series 3 and Force Series GT SSD models are also backward compatible with SATA 2, and include an easy-to-use 3.5" adapter for use in both notebook and desktop PCs. The 90GB SSD configurations are available from authorized distributors and retailers worldwide at a US suggested retail price of $159 USD for the Force Series 3 90GB and $199 USD for the Force Series GT 90GB. We'd say that these are best used as boot drives for systems with larger discs to hold archives and such, but for prices this low, it may be time to swap that aging HDD boot drive out for one of these.

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As for the question to me it is a mixture really between speed and capacity. I as many of the older member's here at HH do, have a good bit of experience working with small HD's and managing space as a necessity. Therefore the size is easily workable to me, where the speed is great. The big thing about a SSD to me is the across the board performance snap it adds to the system especially as an OS drive because the OS manages everything, so with it having snappier performance you see it across the board.

Yes I would love to have the performance across the board! That seems to be coming which we have been saying for a couple of years now and it now seems to be true. Every known manufacturer and several; smaller and newer ones are on there second iteration of SATA 3 600MBPS interface drives. There are so many the big players are lowering prices which I believe will become wide scale now going into the holiday season this year.

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I don't think an extra $40 is worth it for just 5 more MB/s transfer rate....

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I like this concept by Corsair. Its only in the last 3-4 years that we've seen Huge developments in HDD it seems. I remember just 4 years ago 200gb was MORE than enough for the average user haha.

if you're using an ssd for a boot drive and applications, 90gb is pretty good. Right now i use my 120 ozc vertex 2 for Boot drive and main applications (Adobe premier suite, Sony vegas, office suite). I still have 60 gigs free

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Im looking to get a 120gb vertex 3 right now. 60-90 is a bit too little for my os, games and a few programs. Newegg has it for 200 right now. Still thinking about which drive i should get...

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Still thinking about which drive i should get..

OCZ sells one called the "Solid-3" that's working well for me,..(cheaper than the vertex)..mine is the 60GB though.

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I did look at that but at this point their price is both at 200 (solid-3 is actually 195, lol)So i would rather push for the vertex 3 at this point.

Btw the max iops version is 40 bucks more. Is it worth it for the performance? I don't really understand the whole iops thing as well so please help me out there :D

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I don't really understand the whole iops thing as well so please help me out there

Short version, It lasts longer. (though all of them last a very long time)

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The pricing looks good but I don't know if I'm going to be able to fit more than 15-25 games at a time (depending on how much disk space the game consumes), still; at least SSD's are going in the right direction.

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