JMicron is back and its JMF612 controller is in new SSDs from Corsair

Solid state drives (SSDs) have come a long way in the past year. Long gone are the early days when SSDs like OCZ's Core Series were plagued with stuttering problems in every day usage scenarios courtesy of the JMicron JMF602 controller. Now we have SSD controllers from Indilinx, Intel, Samsung, Marvell, and Sand Force which aim to not only provide reliable operation on a day-to-day basis, but also offer blistering read/write performance.

However, just when we thought that we had heard the last from JMicron, the company is crawling its way back into the mainstream SSD market with its new JMF612 controller. Corsair is now using the controller in its new Reactor Series SSDs which are available in 60GB and 120GB capacities.

According to Corsair, the 60GB version offer read speeds of 250MB/sec and write speeds of 110MB/sec. The 120GB version bumps write speeds up to 170MB/sec.

Perhaps in a nod to the fact that the JMF602 controller was panned by many reviewers, Corsair's press release actually makes it clear that the JMF612 "incorporates 128MB of DDR2 cache memory for stutter-free performance."

Hopefully customers won't be disappointed once they start receiving the drives.

In addition to the Reactor Series, Corsair is also launching the new Nova Series which is built around the venerable Indilinx Barefoot controller featuring 64MB of cache. The drives are offered in 64GB or 128GB capacities, and both drives offer read speeds of 270MB/sec. The former features write speeds of 130MB/sec while the latter features write speeds of 190MB/sec. Naturally, both the Reactor and Nova Series drives feature TRIM support in Windows 7.

The 60GB and 120GB Reactor Series SSDs are listed for $185 and $350 respectively on The 64GB and 128GB Nova Series SSDs are retailing for $200 and $370 respectively.

Both Reactor and Nova Series drives are backed by a two-year warranty.

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