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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...


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