Corsair, A-Data launch new SandForce-powered SSDs

By on May 16, 2011, 4:56 PM

Corsair has launched its third-generation Force solid-state drives, delivering SATA 6Gb/s speeds to value-minded consumers. Powered by the same SandForce SF-2281 controller as OCZ's Vertex 3, the Force Series 3 can reportedly hit speeds of up to 550MB/s sequential reads and 520MB/s writes, with up to 85,000 IOPS during 4KB random writes. By comparison, the original Force drives peaked at 280MB/s and 50,000 IOPs. The Vertex 3 240GB lists the same maximum transfer rates as the Force 3, except it supposedly offers 15,000 less IOPS.

Despite claiming similar performance to the Vertex 3 (which most would consider to be today's quickest consumer SSD), Corsair is pushing its latest drives with incredibly aggressive pricing. The 60GB is set at $139, the 120GB costs only $219 while the 240GB is $499 -- all of which are bundled with a 3.5-inch adapter and backed with a three-year warranty. As of writing, the 120GB Vertex 3 is going for $299.99 at Newegg, while the 240GB is $529.99. The Force Series 3 will launch worldwide this month, so keep your eyes peeled for a review.

A-Data revealed its latest contribution to the flash market alongside Corsair's announcement today. Unsurprisingly, the company's new S511 also employs an SF-2200 processor, and we wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it were an SF-2281. A-Data's lineup also consists of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB models with a peak throughput of 550MB/s reads and 520MB/s writes, along with 60,000 IOPS during 4KB random writes. They'll also come with a 3.5-inch adapter and are priced roughly equivalent to the Vertex 3 based on euro to USD conversions.

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hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Using who's firmware?

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Assuming the firmware isn't horrible, I might just get that 120GB Corsair. That's a great price considering the read/write speeds and what its intended competition is. I look forward to the review. =o

Jibberish18 said:

hellokitty[hk] said:

Using who's firmware?

Sandforce 2200 or.....?

SneekyGeaky said:

Talk about price inflation...

Guest said:

Who's firmware? I think they mean is it Corsairs or someone elses...

Looks good in theory. Let's see the benchmarks! Getting that sort of IOPS - would that be a firmware thing or hardware?

Guest said:

Still way to pricey..Need to get down to at least $1 per GB..Plus I had a Vertex one and had rma with this one is doing the same thing....Think I'll stick with raid WD till SSD get priced better and better reliability.

Guest said:

Guys, A-data does SSD for Corsair

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

man, I kinda want that 120GB Force 3 to hit Newegg soon, since I'll be building a new computer next week. D:

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