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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SSD caching + Superfetch + RAM drive: It rocks!
1/10/2012 3:57:04 PM
Seriously, if you have a Z68 mobo, this is the way to go. Ever seen Firefox load with 15 tabs in under a second?!?
The SSD means Superfetch/RAM is loaded quickly and without lag. The RAM drive is used for temp files and cache data (e.g. Firefox) to avoid disk contention.
Make sure you have lots of RAM (12+ GB) to avoid the RAM cache and Superfetch from being flushed, or it would increase SSD access and negate the benefits.
RE: SSD caching + Superfetch + RAM drive: It rocks!
1/10/2012 4:33:29 PM
"...LGA 2011 motherboards have either 4 or 8 DIMM slots which allows for a maximum support of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of memory..."
Currently it only MSI have declared such a volume (128GB RAM) for their model motherboard as supported, but how much! When the end of 2012 the first proposals are available on two kit's of 4X16GB, it will be cost around $3K
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