Last week Corsair said that it's previewing the new Force Series GT line of SSDs at CeBIT 2011. The new series uses the SandForce SF-2200 processor to achieve sequential read and write speeds up to 500 MB/s, and will join competing SSD offerings by Patriot Memory (WildFire) and OCZ (Vertex 3).
Offering native support for the SATA (3) 6 Gb/s interface, the new line will supposedly provide up to 60K Random Write IOPS, read speeds up to 520 MB/s and write speeds up to 500 MB/s. Corsair said that the new line is designed for enthusiasts who demand the fastest performance available.
"With the rapid adoption of systems with SATA 3 support, enthusiasts are demanding SSDs that can take advantage of the dramatic increase in throughput over SATA 2," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "The new Force GT SSDs can deliver up to twice the speed of the fastest SATA 2 drives, making them ideal for high-performance systems."
Along with OCZ and Patriot, SandForce announced the SF-2200 (SATA 6 Gb/s) and SF-2100 (SATA 3 Gb/s) processors last week. Both processors arrive in a single-chip "DRAM-less" form factor and feature DuraClass Technology (RAISE, DuraWrite), support for advanced 30nm- and 20nm-class NAND flash from all leading flash vendors, advanced ECC engine correcting, power and performance optimization and tuning features, OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption and automatic, line-rate double encryption with a drive-level password.
"Corsair and SandForce have been working together closely, and I am thrilled that Corsair has selected the SF-2000 SSD Processor family for their new set of enthusiast-class solid-state drives," stated Thad Omura, VP of Marketing at SandForce. "The new Force GT SSDs will enable Corsair's performance-obsessed customers to break new ground in storage subsystem performance."