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Corsair Force Series GT 90GB
Force Series 3 and Force Series GT priced at $159 and $199 respectively

Another day, another SSD is released. The steady stream of ultra-fast SSDs into the consumer market is becoming rather routine, however, Corsair today is claiming that it has the world's first 90GB SATA 6Gb/s devices.

The Force Series GT offers read speeds of 555MB/s and write speeds of 505MB/s. The Force Series 3 is just a step behind with read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 500MB/s respectively.

"We’re happy to add the world’s first 90GB SSD to our product lineup," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "With 50% more storage capacity than our 60GB models and at pricing significantly lower than our 120GB models, they help make the Force Series 3 and Force Series GT among the most robust and flexible SSD lines on the market." 

The Force Series 3 and Force Series GT are priced at $159 and $199 respectively.

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An extra 5MB/s for an extra $50?
By ElementZero on 8/18/2011 11:55:50 AM , Rating: 1
I mean...really? Talk about enthusiast only...

RE: An extra 5MB/s for an extra $50?
By ElementZero on 8/18/2011 11:56:16 AM , Rating: 2
That being said though - that $159 one will probably be the first SSD I ever buy =D

RE: An extra 5MB/s for an extra $50?
By Spuke on 8/18/2011 1:57:33 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, been waiting for quite a while for a decent performer with an acceptable capacity.

By euler007 on 8/18/2011 4:00:27 PM , Rating: 2
Why were you waiting? An intel 80 GB G2 SSD was 200$ last year, and you could have bought a 80GB intel 320 series for 160$ anytime in the last few months.

RE: An extra 5MB/s for an extra $50?
By crimson117 on 8/18/2011 12:56:21 PM , Rating: 2
Probably has other benefits such as significantly higher iops.

RE: An extra 5MB/s for an extra $50?
By kraeper on 8/18/2011 7:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
I would have thought so as well, but checking the links out, Corsair lists both as 85k.

By tastyratz on 8/19/2011 10:35:13 AM , Rating: 2
Cant just be 5 megs, something tells me actual real world review performance will leave a bigger gap than that.

By chmilz on 8/18/2011 11:59:10 AM , Rating: 4
There's never discussion about reliability. I recently picked up a Vertex 2 and it's blazing fast, when it works. What a crash-fest. Well documented on OCZ forums as well.

Luckily I only use it as a system/apps drive, so all my stored media is safe, but I weep for those that rely solely on an SSD.

RE: Reliability
By vignyan on 8/18/2011 12:12:00 PM , Rating: 2
Most SSD problems that are existant in the near past were mostly because of the motherboards. They did not test for the full SATA 3 speeds - and that shows! Most of them test for speeds upto 400MBPS. Someone has to confirm this, but the fixes provided by the SSD drive vendors is to throttle the bandwidth?

RE: Reliability
By Gungel on 8/18/2011 12:25:24 PM , Rating: 4
You are spot on, we tested several systems with the new Vertex 3 MaxIOPS and found out that every system that had a BSOD was because of the controller/motherboard and not the SSD. We took the SSD out of the crashing system and dropped it into a system with the same SSD/controller/motherboard that didn't show any problems and voila, the BSOD's where gone. We also ran several tests with a Harddisk and an older SATA 2 SSD on the Systems that experienced these BSOD's, but they worked just fine.

RE: Reliability
By therealnickdanger on 8/18/2011 12:29:50 PM , Rating: 1
There's never discussion about reliability.

Really? That seems to be at the forefront of every review and study regarding SSDs. Tom's Hardware recently posted results from a massive questionnaire of multiple commercial installations of SSD servers and found that the performance benefits greatly outweigh potential reliability concerns. This is echoed in one of Intel's latest surveys of consumer-grade SSDs as well. Return rates for SSDs are quite low - single digit percentages.

Buying an SSD for longevity might be foolish, but no one knows for sure because they've only been available for a few years. Anecdotally, you had a bad experience. However, my oldest SSD is from 2008 and it's still working fine. Another from 2009 still working and another from last winter still working. This proves nothing. All I know is that they are fast and improved system performance. Will they last another year? Another 5? Who knows? We have to wait another couple years to get good hard data for proper statistics.

RE: Reliability
By jdietz on 8/18/2011 12:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
They are safe to use with Intel Smart Storage Technology (i.e. as cache drives). In that configuration, your data resides on a traditional hard disk.

By alphadogg on 8/18/2011 12:24:12 PM , Rating: 4
Now, some other company will claim they have "the world's first 91GB SATA3 SSD!" Oh joys of joys!

What an incredibly vapid claim...

RE: First?
By kraeper on 8/18/2011 7:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
Quite right, but it is an attractive Price/Capacity/Performance imo.

90GB + RAID0 = Stupid Fast
By KingofL337 on 8/18/2011 7:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
I want to RAID-0 a pair of the 90's. I bet would be insanely fast! I have two Vertex 1's 60GB RAID-0 and Win7 boots in like 5 seconds. It takes the machine longer to POST and the RAID controller to come on online.

By TerranMagistrate on 8/18/2011 8:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
And shun the other brands unless the best performance is what you're after, which tends to be marginal in most cases.

First what, 90GB SSD?
By Guspaz on 8/20/2011 6:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
There have been SATA 3 (6 Gbps) SSDs before. The Vertex 3 has been on the market for quite a while now, and they're all 6 Gbps. I guess they're claiming the first 90GB SSD, but with both smaller and larger sizes available, that's not exactly anything special.

You could produce a 1.2TB HDD and you'd be the first one to do that too, but it wouldn't really be of note...

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