Corsair starts offering Force GT SSDs: 60GB and 120GB

By on July 5, 2011, 1:30 PM

Corsair has announced the first shipments of its Force Series GT line of solid-state drives (SSDs). The first SSDs are currently shipping to Corsair's network of authorized distributors and retailers worldwide. They are expected to be available starting this month in 60GB ($150) and 120GB ($280) flavors.

As always, Corsair warns that stated capacities are unformatted and actual capacities will vary depending on the formatting and operating system used. All Force Series GT models are backward compatible with SATA 2, and include a 3.5-inch adapter for use in both notebook and desktop PCs.

Corsair claims the new Force Series GT line is designed for enthusiasts who demand the fastest performance available. It uses the new SandForce SF-2280 SSD processor, with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3), combined with ONFI synchronous flash memory. Force Series GT SSDs deliver outstanding read/write performance and significantly faster system response, boot times, and application load times when compared to SATA 2 solid-state drives.

The out-of-box performance is up to 85,000 random write IOPS, read speeds of up to 555MB/s, and write speeds of up to 525MB/s. The use of synchronous flash memory makes the Force GT Series particularly adept at reading and writing non-compressible data, such as video and music files.

"With the rapid adoption of systems with SATA 3 support, enthusiasts are demanding SSDs that can push the limit of SATA 3 bandwidth," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "The new Force Series GT line delivers amazing speed under the most demanding conditions, making them ideal for high-performance systems."

While 60GB and 120GB flavors are quite nice, it's still not enough for me to switch to SSD completely. Corsair was working on a 240GB version, but the company has not included it in the official announcement. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Guest said:

who gives a f##k about these faster and faster speeds, give us some decent prices £1 a gig will do for now.

100gig drive for a decent price and a decent 4k read/write performance is all most people care about.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

For the record, I will always care about my hardware receiving performance gains.

Guest said:

SSD's are already incredibly fast. The point I was making is, where it really counts, size and price there is very little movement. It sill costs £90 for an average 60gig entry level drive. What needs to happen now is an increase in size and a decrese in cost.

+500MB/s vs 250MB/s makes absolutley no difference in 99% of peoples usage. Both are amazingly fast. But anyway who cares about max throughput on drives that are so small, its 4k speed that matters on these things as an OS drive and program loading.

Guest said:

Cheaper prices gets my vote.

I am sure ssd drives are no where near anymore expensive to produce then a mechanical drive yet they still remain a premium price.

I would like to see less than £1/gig if they are to really compete with mechanical. With mechanical now costing around 30p a gig SSD should be more placed around 50p a gig.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

I realize that guest, and while I don't necessarily agree with your entire comment, I do agree it would be difficult to tell a difference. However, as you know price drops are only a matter of time.

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