Saturday, June 19th 2010

Corsair Shatters SSD Affordability Barrier

Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced a new milestone in the affordability of Corsair Solid State Drives. For a limited time, Corsair’s award-winning Nova Series SSDs are available for as little as $69.99 after mail-in rebate.

“The 32GB Nova Series SSD is great for streamlined boot drives, netbook upgrades, and even RAID configurations,” stated Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. “The aggressive pricing of these drives makes the benefits of SSDs accessible to everyone.”

Nova Series of SSDs have been well reviewed the world over for their excellent combination of performance and price. ZDnet said of the 128GB Nova Series, “...among its peers, the 128GB Corsair Nova hits the right capacity/price/performance point and so is our overall choice.” And Computerbase in Germany stated, “The Corsair Nova was able to convince in all tests and did not show any weaknesses.... it is one of the most interesting SSDs on the market and has thus earned our recommendation.”

Corsair’s Nova Series 32GB SSD delivers read speeds up to 195 MB/s and write speeds up to 70 MB/s for outstanding system performance, fast system start-ups, quicker game and application loads for your daily needs. The built-in 64MB cache ensures smooth stutter-free operation for reliable performance. It is supplied with a three year warranty, and is backed up by Corsair's highly regarded customer service and technical support.
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89 Comments on Corsair Shatters SSD Affordability Barrier

#1
RejZoR
32GB. Useless. Half acceptable is 128GB for netbooks. Running just OS on SSD is just plain ridiculous if you ask me.
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#2
EvolvA
by: RejZoR
32GB. Useless. Half acceptable is 128GB for netbooks. Running just OS on SSD is just plain ridiculous if you ask me.
I absolutely disagree. I have a 40Gb Intel SSD in my netbook and it's more than enough for windows 7 and a lot of aplications and another 80Gb Intel SSD on my main rig with windows 7, lots of software and 5 games (NFS Shift, Assassin's Creed 2, Anno 1404 + Venice, Splinter Cell Conviction) on it and still 16Gb free, and it performs like a bullet...

70$ for a 32Gb SSD is a wonderful price!!
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#3
slyfox2151
i must agree with evolva,


$70 for 30 is a very respectabal price for a SSD with nearly 200mbps read. the writes are only 20 % slower then the fastest HDDs and only large sequential files.


this SSD is definetly worth its price..... might even be my next SSD or 2.
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#4
Yukikaze
Better than the X25-V and cheaper, too. Loses 8GB capacity, but writes twice as fast.

I can see myself buying one of those for my laptop. I run linux on it and it doesn't need storage space, at all.
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#5
mdsx1950
IMO this thing is cool. $69 for a SSD is sweet. But i just can't see myself using a 32GB SSD.
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#6
Fourstaff
RAID 2 of them together and you will get a nice performance and memory space at a reasonable price.
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#7
TheLostSwede
-> after mail-in rebate

So in other words, those of us living outside of the US of A will have to pay a lot more, great...
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#8
Spamhawk
by: TheLostSwede
-> after mail-in rebate

So in other words, those of us living outside of the US of A will have to pay a lot more, great...
That's always been the case though. Even if I got mail in rebates, in my country I think I'd still be paying like 15 to 20 € more for that 32 gig drive. All thanks to all sorts of taxes that are added / VAT.
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#9
lyndonguitar
I play games
I WANT ONE!!! hmm i wonder when i can buy one of those on my country.
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
i have been using a 32GB for windows 7 for a while now as a boot drive. its not that bad and was very fast when i had the pair of them in raid
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#11
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Hmmm ... the PR is a little misleading, IMO.
For a limited time, Corsair’s award-winning Nova Series SSDs are available for as little as $69.99 after mail-in rebate.
Make it sound like all the Nova's will be discounted/rebated, but it's just the 32GB. (at least for now)

Still a good price though.
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#12
JoJoe
There are 6 models with rebates of varying amounts, at least, according to Newegg.

Looks like grabbing a couple of the 32GB's is a pretty good deal.
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#13
Mussels
Moderprator
$70 sounds fine for 32GB, IMO.

its more than enough for OS, office and such - and its shockproof, durable, fast, and silent.
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#14
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: JoJoe
It's a $20 rebate, which appears to be good on several models, at least, according to Newegg.
That's where I looked when I posted. I still don't see any rebates on other models of the Nova series.

Disclaimer : I'm old and senile
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#15
JoJoe
by: Kreij
That's where I looked when I posted. I still don't see any rebates on other models of the Nova series.

Disclaimer : I'm old and senile
I just downloaded the Rebate PDF off Newegg. The rebate is for several models and for different amounts. Also, in the fine print it says, "Limit one rebate card per product line per household." So... if you buy two of the 32GB Novas, you only get $20 back, rather than $40? The 64GB model might be a better deal than, if you need more than 32, unless you're after RAID performance...
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#16
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Thanks JoJoe.

For those who don't want to grab the pdf ...
Purchase any of the following products at newegg.ca or newegg.com and receive a Rebate Card by
mail:
Product Amount
CMFSSD-256GBG2D $100.00
CMFSSD-128GBG2D $40.00
CMFSSD-64GBG2D $30.00
CSSD-R60GB2-BRKT $20.00
CSSD-R120GB2-BRKT $40.00
CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT $20.00
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#17
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Mussels
$70 sounds fine for 32GB, IMO.

its more than enough for OS, office and such - and its shockproof, durable, fast, and silent.
$70 is roughly around £50GBP compared to which isnt bad at all - given that a Samsung F3 1tb one of the fastest hard drives next to WD's Raptor series hard drives is around £70 but

but for £50 i would actually consider getting a 32Gb - it seems amazing value when compared to other SSDs & not hard drives (bleh!)
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#18
d3fct
im rockin 2 patriot 32gb ssd's in raid 0, payed $150 for the pair used, makes a fine addition to my system, plenty of room for games and apps, and lightning fast. for the price they seem like a pretty nice deal, buy 2 and raid them, you wont be dissapointed.
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#19
alucasa
If they really want to break "Affordability Barrier", bring 128gb class SSDs into more affordable range.
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#20
mdsx1950
by: alucasa
If they really want to break "Affordability Barrier", bring 128gb class SSDs into more affordable range.
Or do the opposite and break the Unaffordable barrier by making SSDs over 2 grand :p :laugh:
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#21
Ripper3
I've got a 64GB Nova in my laptop. Handles OS X, Photoshop CS5, a Win XP VM for Uni (so I don't have to worry about destroying my main system), Office, and some essentials (I run a light setup on my laptop anyway), and still have about 40GB free.
The real advantage is that it loads OS X in 29 seconds (to usable desktop, not just to the wallpaper showing on screen), and shuts down in (quite literally) 2 seconds. Opening Photoshop was a horribly long process on the WD that inhabited my machine before, but now it's very fast.
The worst offender was loaded my XP VM, it could take upto 3 minutes to give me a usable XP system if I had left it in a suspended state. It now starts to a semi-usable state within about 20 seconds. I need to upgrade RAM to 4GB (I would have done that before getting the SSD, but my HDD decided to start clicking randomly, so I figured it was time for a change), and then I'll see how much faster XP VM loads

I would recommend an SSD to anyone that doesn't need a massive amount of storage, doesn't do too many writes, and instead needs massive read speeds, and reliability against shocks.
Basically, this tends to cover almost anyone with a laptop as a secondary machine or mobile work machine, and just anyone unhappy with their HDD.
I store all of my media on a 500GB portable drive now, which is used quite rarely, as my iPod has all my music on it already, and I tend to ignore watching movies and TV shows on my laptop.

32GB is a fine amount, and as suggested, if you need more performance and space, get two. For that price, you can probably get 64GB of space, and better performance than most 60/64GB SSDs, for cheaper too, even if you have to wait for the rebate.
If you can't nab this, the Intel 40GB SSD-V is also a great choice, and not much more expensive.
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#22
lemode
i tweaked my intel ssd so much and i still have 52 gigs left on an 80 gig intel OS drive. i don't know if i'd be comfortable getting anything below 40 gigs for an OS drive. regardless...that's a good price (after rebate) for an ssd.
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#23
PCpraiser100
This will be nice if used with an enclosure.
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#24
RejZoR
Such small SSD's just for system drive IS useless. Do you ppl reboot system so often that it makes whatever sense? My system boots in under 1 minute and i put it to Hybrid Sleep most of the time.
It takes 5 seconds to start system from that. For everything else, there is absolutely no difference worth mentioning.
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#25
TVman
32GB for 69.99 is still a pretty bad, atleast they are trying
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