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Corsair Announces 480GB Force Series 3, GT SSDs

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

  • halcyon
    Nice, very nice...but that GT 480GB is definitely not in my current budget.
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  • halcyon
    greghomeHow many Big Macs can you buy with 999 US Dollars again?...just one little Mac. MacBook Air. :)
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  • nikorr
    Its needed.
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  • halcyon
    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
    High-performance "Reliable" SSD's in the 512GB range.
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  • amigafan
    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
    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
    9315884 said:
    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
    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
    i never knew this but, whats the whole point of SSD's? all i know about is hard drives
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