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Corsair Outs Ballistic SandForce Controller SDD

Gordon Kelly


Corsair Outs Ballistic SandForce Controller SDD

While the SiliconEdge Blue series finally saw the last of the major HDD makers jump into the SSD space, everyone may suddenly be playing catch-up with Corsair...

It has launched the 'Force' range and - as the name suggests - it is configured around the hugely promising new SandForce controller. How promising? Corsair is quoting sequential read and write speeds of a massive 280MB and 260MB per second respectively.

Consequently the Force line-up is Corsair's new flagship range and it emphasises that fact with TRIM support and SandForce's own 'DuraClass Technology' which stops performance degradation over time.

“The Force Series are the fastest SSDs that Corsair has launched to date,” stated Kevin Conley, VP of engineering at Corsair. “We have been very impressed with the SandForce SSD Processor innovations in the months that we have been working with them, and we can’t wait to get these extraordinarily fast SSDs into the hands of our most demanding customers.”

Interestingly, the Force (Luke, use it) is just the latest in a spate of Corsair SSD releases in recent weeks which also include the slightly more midrange and equally Sci-Fi friendly 'Reactor' and 'Nova' lines. The former uses a Micron JMF612 cntroller and 128MB DDR2 memory while the later adopts the trusty Indilinx Barefoot controller with 64MB of memory. Both clock in at around 270MB/sec read and 190MB/sec write with prices starting at a reasonably affordable $185 for a 60GB Reactor and up to $375 for a 128GB Nova. Yep, Corsair is looking to make its move while others dawdle.

As for the Force range, it will launch in 100GB and 200GB capacities in just two weeks and in a way I'm grateful Corsair isn't ruining my day by letting me know how much they'll cost...


Press Release

Technology changes, and so sho

March 4, 2010, 7:57 pm

'...it will launch in 100GB and 200GB capacities ...'

Interestingly unusual capacities: not 128GB or 256GB.

Does this mean that SSDs are going to follow HDDs down the route of confusing capacity definitions?


March 4, 2010, 8:00 pm

That's a good point. I'll check for you TCASSY ;)


March 5, 2010, 6:35 am

The reduced capacity is how Sandforce delivers its reliability..


March 5, 2010, 2:10 pm

...and the 28GB buffer prevents performance degradation when the drive is full. Still though, I'd rather get the extra 28GB and decide for myself if I fill it up.

Technology changes, and so sho

March 9, 2010, 12:45 am

Oh dear. Clicking on the 'Press Release' link and then on the 'Resources' tab of the resulting page yields the following - highly disturbing - note:

'1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes

Unformatted capacity is the total amount of memory on the drive. The total formatted capacity for the drive will be lower, depending on the operating system and file system used.'

...and there was I hoping that the bad old days of HDD manufacturers selling odd capacities was over.

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