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Cache drives will start at $69 for 30GB

There's no question that solid-state drives (SSDs) have taken over the enthusiast and consumers markets. Many enthusiasts look to SSDs at least for a boot drive and many manufacturers are going "all SSD" when it comes to thin and light notebooks.
 
Corsair is pushing a different angle with its new line of Accelerator Series SSD Cache drives. The cache drives, available in 30GB, 45GB, and 60GB capacities, plug into a free SATA port and work with NVELO software to provide an immediate speed boost in a Windows environment. There is no direct involvement from the user in managing file storage on the device; the caching software handles it all.

 
Corsair says that users will see an immediate [up to] 5x boost in read/write speeds over an existing HDD in a system.
 
"It's ideal for consumers and enthusiasts who'd like to improve their PC's speed without investing the time and cost into a complete PC upgrade," said Thi La, Corsair's VP of Memory Products. There's no complex configuration involved, and their PC will work as it always has — just a lot quicker."
 
The Accelerator Series SSD Cache drives currently work in Windows 7 and will support the upcoming Windows 8 operating system when it is released. The 30GB, 45GB, and 60GB models will be priced at $69, $84, and $99 respectively.

Source: Corsair



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By robladdish on 1/10/2012 2:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yay - it's about time! I didn't like the high pricing and low capacities of the hybrid HDDs. Pairing this up with a 4TB data drive will be quite interesting, and hopefully take the edge off of frequent files for games, photos, and adobe catalogs. It will be interesting to see how it compares with intel's new caching solution. I also hope the write cache is write through so you can shutdown the PC and the cached HDD is ok if removed.




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