Corsair Announces New High-Performance (and Capacity) SSDs

Corsair Announces New High-Performance (and Capacity) SSDs

A trio of new Corsair SSDs are now available, and they’re both built for speed and designed to give users better options in terms of capacity.

All three are built with the SandForce SF-2280 SSD Processor and support for SATA 6Gbps with backward compatibility for SATAII.

Two of the SSDs are in the Force Series 3 line and feature asynchronous flash memory technology with read/write speeds of 550Mbps and 520Mbps and 85K Random Write IOPS. One comes in 180GB, which is positioned as a logical step up for those using 120GB SSDs, and the 480GB model is designed to completely replace slower HDDs without the need for a hybrid SSD/HDD setup.

The Force Series GT model (also 480GB) has ONFI synchronous flash memory with read/write speeds of 555Mbps and 525Mbps with 85K Random Write IOPS and is designed for high-performance applications such as video editing and gaming.

Suggested retail prices are $249 (180GB) and $799 (480GB) for the Force Series 3 models and $999 for the Force Series GT 480GB (pictured below).

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"At $999, the 480GB cost less the the OCZ Vertex 3 with the same capacity and has a higher write rate, that are two good things. But there is an M4 with 512GB in the upper $750 range, but with less performance. Either one of those three models would make a great drive for game storage or the usual OS. Expensive sure, but they have their benefits, I'll keep dreaming."

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$200 for a 180GB drive... It's not exactly 256GB but it'll do...

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These are some nice drives I am sure but I feel more comfortable with OCZ myself as they are the leader in the SSD space.

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I had so many bad experienced with Corsair SSD's, it'll be a while before I consider them again. I went to them from Crucial, and then went back to Crucial, and I am very glad I did. Corsair makes excellent power supplies and memory, but they have a trainload of issues with their SSD's based on the Sandforce Controller's (read their forums, they're full of issues like disappearing from BIOS, BSOD's, etc), they seem to be too much about pushing the SSD envelope at the expense of compatibility and stability.

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