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180GB Force GT SSD  (Source: Corsair)
New SSDs are speedy and priced well

It's amazing how far the SSD storage market has come in the last several years. The SSD is still more expensive for the same amount of storage than a traditional HDD, but they offer a lot more performance (and many are willing to pay for that performance).

A few weeks ago, Corsair trotted out a 
new SSD that came in 90GB flavor with 6Gb/s SATA connectivity. Corsair has added a couple new SSDs to its lineup today for the Force Series GT SSDs. Like that odd 90GB flavor, the two new SSDs also use SATA 6Gb/s technology for connectivity. The new SSDs come in 180GB and 240GB capacities. 

"Force Series GT is our fastest, most flexible line of SSDs," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "The new 180GB and 240GB models are ideal for premium systems which require large amounts of high-performance storage."

Both of the new SSDs use the SandForce SF-2280 SSD controller. The drives have 85K Random Write IOPS, read speed is up to 555MB/s, and writes are up to 525MB/s. The synchronous memory also makes these drives particularly well suited to non-compressible data like video and music files.

Both of the SSDs have a native 2.5" form factor and ship with a 3.5" adapter to fit inside a desktop. The 180GB model sells for $379 and the 240GB version sells for $489. 

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By TakinYourPoints on 8/30/2011 4:52:12 PM , Rating: 3
I've had an SSD in my PC for almost two years, a 256GB model for almost $700. While I appreciate that prices are finally coming down, I would like to see more higher capacity SSDs out there. They exist but not in any significant quantity.

RE: Capacity
By The0ne on 8/30/2011 10:04:14 PM , Rating: 2
I rather the quality goes up rather than prices fall and quality doesn't improve. Prices will always fall. Quality can and cannot. I'm thankful quality has been improving for SSDs across the board.

By cigar3tte on 8/30/2011 2:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
Did Corsair solve the issues of the Force 3 series not working with certain chipsets?

What are the actual nand sizes?
By rudy on 8/30/2011 2:58:42 PM , Rating: 2
I am assuming these have some spare space. The pricing will be interesting. I like the idea of having some middle ground sized between 128 and 256 other than intels which are priced high and rarely come down.

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