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Corsair Announces 480GB Force Series 3, GT SSDs

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Corsair has announced the addition of a 480 GB SSD to its Force Series and Force Series GT line of SATA 6.0 Gb/s SSD drives. In addition, Corsair has added a 180 GB SSD to its Force Series SSD drives.

Force Series 3 SSDs utilize the SandForce SF-2280 controller with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3), TRIM, and asynchronous flash memory. The Force Series 3 offers performance of up to sequential read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s (ATTODisk Benchmark), and up to 85K Random Write IOPS (IOMeter 08).

Force Series GT SSDs utilize the SandForce SF-2280 controller also with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3), TRIM, and synchronous flash memory. The Force Series GT 480 GB offers performance of up to 85K Random Write IOPS (IOMeter 08), sequential read speeds of up to 555 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 525 MB/s (ATTO Disk Benchmark).

The new SSD models offer a three year warranty and can be found at authorized dealers at a price of $249 for the Force Series 3 180GB, $799 for the Force Series 3 480GB, and $999 for the Force Series GT 480GB. You can read more on the Corsair SSDs at their respective product pages: Corsair Force Series and Corsair Force Series GT

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    halcyon , October 9, 2011 11:11 AM
    greghomeHow many Big Macs can you buy with 999 US Dollars again?

    ...just one little Mac. MacBook Air. :) 
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    Inferno1217 , October 9, 2011 3:56 PM
    Bottom line SSD pricing is idiotic at best. The prices for anything over 300 GB's are all over the place. If any SSD manufacturer is reading this STOP MAKING THEM FASTER....MAKE THEM CHEAPER FOR THE MASSES!!!!
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    halcyon , October 9, 2011 10:34 AM
    Nice, very nice...but that GT 480GB is definitely not in my current budget.
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    halcyon , October 9, 2011 11:11 AM
    greghomeHow many Big Macs can you buy with 999 US Dollars again?

    ...just one little Mac. MacBook Air. :) 
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    nikorr , October 9, 2011 11:19 AM
    Its needed.
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    halcyon , October 9, 2011 11:22 AM
    I wonder how many more years its going to be before we have reliable high-performance SSDs in the 512GB range that cost ~$500US.
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    X-Nemesis , October 9, 2011 11:31 AM
    High-performance "Reliable" SSD's in the 512GB range.
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    amigafan , October 9, 2011 11:33 AM
    Meh. What I would really care about is some 120 GB drive with no artificially-limited-IOPS-and-speed bullshit and which doesn't cause BSoDs.
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    toxin440 , October 9, 2011 12:24 PM
    While 250 for 180GB SSD isn't "that bad", I'm still getting along quite well with my 64GB kingston Vseries SSD I got a long time ago. Sure it doesn't do 500MB sec, however I can pick up another for 75 dollars from newegg and get just about the same speed in Raid0. I'm not a huge fan of raid0 due to some bad experienced with Maxtor in the mid 90s however since SSDs are a lot more rugged and with excellent transparent backup software these days (yay Acronis) I see no reason why I won't make this jump pretty soon.
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    halcyon , October 9, 2011 12:25 PM
    Quote:
    While 250 for 180GB SSD isn't "that bad", I'm still getting along quite well with my 64GB kingston Vseries SSD I got a long time ago. Sure it doesn't do 500MB sec, however I can pick up another for 75 dollars from newegg and get just about the same speed in Raid0. I'm not a huge fan of raid0 due to some bad experienced with Maxtor in the mid 90s however since SSDs are a lot more rugged and with excellent transparent backup software these days (yay Acronis) I see no reason why I won't make this jump pretty soon.


    I have a couple of old 120GB Vertex 2's in RAID 0 and they've been nothing but fast and reliable. Absolutely no complaints.
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    back_by_demand , October 9, 2011 1:43 PM
    I currently have 10 SATA ports on my mobo, I will keep using smaller cheaper drives in RAID for fault tolerance and equal capacity & performance, but less that half the price of this 480Gb drive.
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    locoroco411 , October 9, 2011 2:51 PM
    i never knew this but, whats the whole point of SSD's? all i know about is hard drives
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    Inferno1217 , October 9, 2011 3:56 PM
    Bottom line SSD pricing is idiotic at best. The prices for anything over 300 GB's are all over the place. If any SSD manufacturer is reading this STOP MAKING THEM FASTER....MAKE THEM CHEAPER FOR THE MASSES!!!!
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    ojas , October 9, 2011 5:35 PM
    Hey Tom's, could we have a review of these drives? 60GB to 180GB.

    I think it's time for another roundup! And it would be good if you could test one SATA 3 SSD based on each controller/NAND manufacturer to see how they perform on SATA 2 interfaces, especially in terms of IOPS and random read/write bandwidth.

    Crucial, Intel and Samsung seem to be the most popular and reliable if Newegg reviews are anything to go by. Would like to see how SandForce compares in terms of reliability with the latest firmware and drives. Would also like to see if the increase in IOPS (with sandforce-2xxx) has any noticeable performance increase in real world tests (boot time, etc) over Crucial, Intel and Samsung, in both SATA 2 and 3.
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    jimmysmitty , October 9, 2011 6:34 PM
    locoroco411i never knew this but, whats the whole point of SSD's? all i know about is hard drives


    Speed. Even a older SATA 3GB SSD is faster than a RAID0 HDD setup. I know because I went from RAID0 500GB SATA 3GB HDDs to one single Intel SSD and its much faster.

    But the price is still very high per GB. Hopefully the smaller drives will drop down soon to less than $1/GB. Or at least $1/GB.
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    cbfelterbush , October 9, 2011 7:10 PM
    I went from a dual 120GB Force GT in a Raid 0, to a Revo 3 x2 240GB. I used a dedicated raid, Intel RT3WB080. The Revo performed on point with where I expected it, and for about $150 less money. I saw about 25-35% gains. Seems like 240GB is the sweet spot for my wallet. The performance is easy to attain and less hassle where a raid card is needed.
    -CB
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    killerb255 , October 9, 2011 8:13 PM
    soldier37And here come the "these are still too high" arguments...and dont stop making them faster as the idiot said above. I like having something most cant afford, we are called narcissist for a reason.


    Fixed.
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    cmartin011 , October 9, 2011 11:38 PM
    dollar a gb would be nice... then after 512gb they should give u a discount for buying memory in bulk say .90 a gb or better yet .75 a gb...
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    whysobluepandabear , October 9, 2011 11:54 PM
    You know how Toms has a "Past the point of reason" on their best CPU for the money, for that month? Yeah, this seems be how I feel about SSDs lately. I don't care if it's slightly faster, because that slightly faster isn't applicable in most real world applications.

    It also costs too much damn money, for something I won't even notice. It's fantastic that my numbers and benchmarks say it's better, but paying more for some useless number on paper doesn't exactly do it for me.


    Lower the prices.


    And please, spare me your high school economics about "Supply and demand".
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    jrharbort , October 10, 2011 12:32 AM
    The prices ARE coming down people. Slowly but surely. It was just in late 2008 when it would have cost me $400 to get a 120GB SSD. Now you can get one for $170, and it's much faster than the model offered back then.

    I think the huge overflow of SSD products is a good thing, because it'ss forcing competition between the manufacturers. This in turn is driving down prices even more. SSDs have already fallen below the $2/GB mark. It wont be too long before they break the $1/GB mark. I've already seen a few do so on special clearance sales.
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    leandrodafontoura , October 10, 2011 2:04 AM
    This price is ridiculous
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    Anonymous , October 10, 2011 2:48 AM
    Be patient, they will come down in price and as jrharbort said they have already massively come down in price, when i first heard about ssd's which would of been around 00' they cost around $2k for a ridiculously small drive.

    In 1978 - a gigabyte of RAM SSD would have cost $1 million
    In June 2001 - Adtron shipped the world's highest capacity 3.5" flash SSD. The S35PC had 14 gigabytes capacity and cost $42,000.

    - http://www.storagesearch.com/chartingtheriseofssds.html
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