Corsair Launching Three Fast New SSDs

Memory company Corsair is diving deeper into the SSD market with plans to roll out a 512GB model that is focused on performance.

According to Hexus, the SSD will be of a 3.5-inch form factor – making it a desktop solution – and will supposedly feature a 128MB cache and read and write speeds of 200MB/s and 240MB/s, respectively. Right now it's on UK e-tailer Scan's website listed at £1,064.15 (without VAT), or nearly $1,700.

Those wanting to go with Corsair but have it inside a notebook will have to consider the company's just revealed 2.5-inch offerings. Hexus reports that the new Corsair Reactor series will come in 60GB and 120GB capacities, at around £147 ($235) and £285 ($455), respectively. The Reactors have 128MB of onboard cache, 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 can turn to the slightly more expensive Nova series, also in similar capacities as the Reactor. The extra $10-$20 will buy and read speeds of up to 215MB/s and write speeds of 130MB/s on the 60GB model and 195MB/s on the 120GB model.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • pink315
    Give me some sandforce drives
  • Niva
    I believe you have your read and write speeds reversed. Quote "and will supposedly feature a 128MB cache and read and write speeds of 200MB/s and 240MB/s, respectively."
  • The Greater Good
    Here's to hoping that more space and speed will lead to lower prices for the smaller capacity drives.
  • JohnnyLucky
    Ouch! Those drives are expensive!!!
  • 10 TB for $100 and sold! Too bad we arent anywhere near that.
  • Go back to 2006.,1558,1926848,00.asp
    Raptor 150GB for $300. I see the prices are definitely coming down.
  • notty22
    In 2004 I paid almost 300 for the original 37 gig raptor, 10,000 rpm.
    Its 8.0ms seek time was the draw. It gave a system boost, but nothing like a ssd does for 105.00/boot drive.
  • Even the most power hungry users should laugh at these SSD prices. If you visit online tech stores (like newegg), we're told we are getting good deals or discount savings even when the things still cost $3 a gigabyte. It's all just become one big jerk-off session to see who's got the fastest boot time.

    I understand the idea of quick program load times and, as graphic designer, having programs like the Adobe Suite instantly on when I need them. But you still have to ask yourself why? The money used for an SSD would be better used for productivity if you bought a faster processor. If your a gamer, the money could a go to better use countless ways, processor, video, or a high end cooling setup (liquid and etc.)

    SSD's just don't make sense yet, and they won't until the prices fall consistently into the $2/gig range on the larger drives.

  • bison88
    Very very nice, everything looks great when you are window shopping. However I'm just an average joe, can't really justify it yet but we are getting there damn it :D
  • TidalWaveOne
    At those prices, just get the Intel that's out now and save some $$$.