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Corsair Force Series 3 SSDs Hit 550r/520w MB/s

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

Do you have the need for speedy storage?

Corsair has introduced the Force Series 3 family of solid-state drives to its lineup. These SATA 6.0 Gb/s drives feature the SandForce SF-2281 SSD controller with out-of-box read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively, and an impressive 85000K IOPS.

The Force Series 3 package also include a 3.5" adapter for those who wish to anchor the drive inside their desktops.

Force Series 3 solid state drives will be available worldwide this month from Corsair's network of authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of $139 USD for the 60GB model, $219 USD for the 120GB model and $499 USD for the 240GB model.

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    rantoc , May 18, 2011 10:31 AM
    Sweet!
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    NuclearShadow , May 18, 2011 10:33 AM
    Hmm two 120GB's for $438 or one 240GB for $499? Even if you try to justify that price due to it being a single drive with all that storage it doesn't make up the fact that superior performance can be had with RAID 0.
    Or if one prefers not putting all their eggs in one basket two drives are less likely to both fail compared to a one.
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2011 10:35 AM
    Glad i waited so long for this technology to mature... my next build will have a couple of something like these in raid 0.
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    Maziar , May 18, 2011 10:41 AM
    Great I was waiting for a big upgrade for Corsair SSDs and here they are.
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    joytech22 , May 18, 2011 11:10 AM
    Oh bloody hell now I wish I didn't just buy the SSD I just finished buying.
    I think I'll keep the 120GB version in my sights though.
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    nlreynolds80 , May 18, 2011 11:38 AM
    NuclearShadowHmm two 120GB's for $438 or one 240GB for $499? Even if you try to justify that price due to it being a single drive with all that storage it doesn't make up the fact that superior performance can be had with RAID 0.Or if one prefers not putting all their eggs in one basket two drives are less likely to both fail compared to a one.


    On the other hand, running with two drives also means you're twice as likely to encounter drive failure. And if you're doing RAID 0 losing one drive will result in losing both.
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2011 12:12 PM
    So is the 120GB a lot slower than the 240GB as in the Vertex 3?
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    nebun , May 18, 2011 12:14 PM
    just have two hdds in your machine for your backups and another external hdd for backup....it works....btw i have never had any issues with raid 0...i have also been using ssds without any problems
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    mortonww , May 18, 2011 1:05 PM
    Comes in at the same speed and $80 cheaper than the Vertex 3? Yes, please.
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    crisan_tiberiu , May 18, 2011 1:13 PM
    god damn, here where i live the Corsair F120 Sata 2 costs 309 $(VAT included). i wonder how much the new ones will cost :( (. I want to buy an SSD but lower then 120 G its useless :( (
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    chaosgs , May 18, 2011 1:21 PM
    OMFG I just bought a Crucial M4 for $140, same space with 400MB read and 95MB write. Does anyone know If I can return my M4?
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    Hanin33 , May 18, 2011 2:07 PM
    the 120gb drive is only slightly slower than the 240 in writes at 510MB/s... so not too bad of a proposition...

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    drwho1 , May 18, 2011 3:09 PM
    still not interested on this drives, $$$$ is the issue, they want SSD's to beome mainstream?

    then they must drop their ridiculous prices.

    when SSD's prices come down to about $1 per GB then and only then SSD's will be "found" on every PC.

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    macewrox , May 18, 2011 3:32 PM
    SSD's are expensive to make. Therefore it's expensive to buy. Nothin you can really do about it.
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    cknobman , May 18, 2011 3:53 PM
    Not until I can get 120gb for less than $150 (no freakin mail in rebates required either).
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    lothdk , May 18, 2011 4:19 PM

    85000K IOPS that is quite impressive!
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    buzznut , May 18, 2011 5:03 PM
    Hanin33the 120gb drive is only slightly slower than the 240 in writes at 510MB/s... so not too bad of a proposition...


    Yeah I like this alot. Sounds like Corsair is using the same controller or something similar to Vertex 3. I'll prolly snag one in the fall.
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    mayne92 , May 18, 2011 5:16 PM
    260511but yet you fail to mention that failure rate of SSD due to normal usage is close to nil. and people who do run SSD's usually keep their data on a larger magnetic drive, so really, the only thing you are going to lose is the OS and couple of programs and games which can be reinstalled.

    ...not to be negative but that is pure speculation.
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    eklipz330 , May 18, 2011 5:18 PM
    120gb seems like the best deal

    people seem confused and want larger and larger drives. media files on SSD's are completely pointless, and run perfectly fine on HDD's. a 120gb SSD is more than enough for an OS, most or all your programs, and probably a few games too

    my media files are the ones that take up the most space on my HDD... probably like 60%, and im on a 150gb raptor
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2011 5:25 PM
    Can anyone confirm whether RAID 0 SSD's make a lick of difference at all? I've been under the impression that controller overhead defeats any performance benefits, and that a single SSD is just as fast as 2 of them striped, or at least nearly as fast.
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