CES 2012: Corsair Hopes to Win Over Customers with New SSD Cache Drives
January 10, 2012 2:11 PM
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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.
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Write delayed ?
1/10/2012 3:21:06 PM
looks like a fast write delayed and read precaching. If you have a lot of ram (or buy some more) you could setup a ram drive which will be way faster at no extra cost. Just an idea.
RE: Write delayed ?
1/10/2012 4:03:44 PM
I think the whole idea behind this drive is the 'plug and play' factor.
If you are technically literate, you probably will buy a SSD; even though they are around $2/GB. I went with a 120GB model for Win7 x64 and love it.
If you are not technically literate, yet have heard about SSD's and are intrigued by them, but put off by cost comparisons - $240 vs $50 for a HDD, then this item might look like a deal.
RE: Write delayed ?
1/11/2012 12:07:35 PM
Unlike a RAM drive, the SSD cache is fully populated with all frequently accessed files the moment the computer is turned on. A RAM drive is still dependent on some other HDD to fill it before it can be used.
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