Corsair Launches Reactor, Nova SSDs

Early last month we learned the Corsair has prepared two new lines of 2.5-inch SSDs. Now, those SSDs, the new Reactor Series and Nova Series, are available immediately from Corsair’s authorized distributors and resellers worldwide.

The Reactors have 128MB of onboard cache with its second-generation JMicron JMF612 controller, and read and write speeds are quoted at 250MB/s and 110MB/s, respectively, for the 60GB drive, and the larger 120GB offering will hit 250MB/s and 170MB/s.

Those who want more speed and are fond of the Indilinx Barefoot controller with 64MB of cache can turn to the slightly more expensive Nova series, also in similar capacities as the Reactor. The quicker model features read speeds of up to 270MB/s and write speeds of 130MB/s on the 60GB model and 190MB/s on the 120GB model.

Both Reactor Series and Nova Series SSDs fully support the TRIM command in Microsoft Windows 7.

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  • industrial_zman
    We want pricing!
  • mianmian
    industrial_zmanWe want pricing!the price you do not want to know.
  • JohnnyLucky
    I'll bet it will be expensive. Wonder what will happen when the competition really heats uo.
  • helldog3105
    Expensive. Good enough pricing information? No? Okay based on their speed in regards to other company SSD products on the market and Corsair's own pricing scheme with their current models we can expect a price of approximately 299.99-399.99 USD for the 60GB slower model and probably 499.99-599.99 USD for the 128 GB model. The faster Nova series will probably be approximately 50-100 USD more per size category. This is purely speculation, but I would guess somewhere in that range on pricing.
  • When will SSD boxes start displaying random read and write speeds? Which of course everyone knows are way wwaaayyy more important than sequential.
  • babybeluga
    I could already do what the title says!

  • greymanx
    Current pricing on Newegg:
    Nova 64GB: $199
    Nova 128GB: $339

    Reactor 60GB: $185
    Reactor 120GB: $349
  • frakn
    ;_______; I WANT ONE SO BADD
  • micky_lund
    prices...they need to come down to $1.5/gb or lower before i will touch them...
  • anamaniac
    Intel x18-m (repackaged by Dane-Elec)
    Read of 250MB/s, write of 70MB/s.
    Comes with 1.8" to 2.5" kit and external enclosure.

    Otherwise, I'll just continue to wait for the Gen3 1.8" Intel drives, thank you very much.

    While the Reactor is only $5, it has a smaller capacity, the drive is larger, and the only benefit is write speeds.
    Tell me, is there any reason I should get this over the old as hell Intel SDD?
    Or is it that the x18-m is one of the most awesome SSD's made to date?