Wednesday, July 21st 2010

Corsair Announces Additions to its Force Series Family of Solid-State Drives

Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced three new capacities in its highly-acclaimed Force Series solid-state-drives, adding 40GB, 80GB, and 160 GB models to the current lineup of 60 GB, 100 GB, 120 GB, 200 GB and 240 GB SSDs.

Corsair Force Series solid-state drives are based on the SandForce SF-1200 SSD Processor, and includes their DuraWrite technology for incredible read and write speeds. Unlike most other current generation solid-state drives, the unique architecture of the SF-1200 SSD Processor allows lower capacity drives to perform with nearly the same performance as larger capacity SSDs. All three Force Series models support the TRIM command, so write performance is maintained over time.
The following table highlights key performance results from our tests:

"In our testing in the Corsair Lab, we found that the new Force Series 40GB SSD outperform competitive SSDs from Intel and Kingston by a wide margin," said John Beekley, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "With SandForce's unique DuraWrite architecture, there is almost no performance penalty when reducing the capacity of the drive."

The three new additions to the Force Series SSDs from Corsair have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price in the United States of $129.99 for the 40GB, $229.99 for the 80GB, and $449.99 for the 160GB version. The new models are expected to begin shipping worldwide in August.

"With competitive pricing and amazing performance, these new drives are a force to be reckoned with," said Jim Carlton, Vice President of Marketing at Corsair. "All of the new models deliver an excellent price/performance ratio, but the aggressively priced 40GB F40 is incredibly attractive and, quite simply, the ideal boot drive for any Windows 7 desktop PC."
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8 Comments on Corsair Announces Additions to its Force Series Family of Solid-State Drives

If 80GB will be really priced at $230, that's really a good price. Considering Intel 80GB sell for 230€ in my country. Since $=€, it should be the same.

Does Corsair offer any TRIM utility like Intel for WindowsXP systems? I have this netbook that is running WinXP so i'd need this...
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Bird of Prey
not bad on prices and loving the speeds. I love seeing news stories about SSDs being released because soon the prices will start dropping to good levels.
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Since $=€, it should be the same.
Not quite: $1 U.S. = €0.78 (as of 21 July 2010). A $230 drive should go for about €180.

Does Corsair offer any TRIM utility like Intel for WindowsXP systems?
This is what Corsair says on the Force spec page:

* TRIM support (O/S support required)

It doesn't look very promising. :(
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What's the deal with SSD prices? It was widely anticipated that prices were supposed to cut in half every 6-12 months as capacities and densities went up. For that matter what's the deal with flash costs to begin with? Either it has the highest R&D costs in the tech industry or it has a 5% yield rate.
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so these seem to be some good drives, i was thinking of getting a 40G for my bench system,,,,

for 119 that isn't a bad price, i wonder if it wll make anything any faster,..
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~Technological Technocrat~
What's the deal with SSD prices?
to put it bluntly - SSD drives are seen as pretty much a luxury item. SSD is still new technology in a sense. and companies want to capitalise on it & fix prices where n when they can while sales are booming before SSDs become more mainstream & therefore cheaper.

its how it is
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the speed are good and the price is decent.. :)
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Well, 129 $ for a 40 gb at that speed, its a good choice. I may take one.
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