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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Corsair's version of Intel Smart Response Technology
1/10/2012 8:16:08 PM
Same basic idea, except its not proprietary to Intel and doesn't require specific board/chipset support.
Good idea overall for smaller SSDs and will also be an option to consider for those who upgrade to larger SSDs over time.
There's a couple alternatives to SSD caching though:
1) OS/app install directly on the SSD. Caching is a bit more flexible but also slower than directly installing to the SSD when non-cached apps are needed.
2) RAM drives. DDR3 is so cheap in such large densities and capacities that 20+GB RAM drives are a possibility now without too much effort. The cost per GB is down to ~$5/GB for 4GB Dimms, a bit more for 8GB, which is really not that much more than the $1-2/GB for current SSDs.
I'm personally more interested in a 20-30GB RAM drive that does this automated caching, maybe this software Corsair is using can be used with RAM drives as well?
RE: Corsair's version of Intel Smart Response Technology
1/10/2012 11:57:23 PM
Thanks for providing the comparison to Intel SRT that had hoped to see in the article. IIRC, Intel's SRT is currently version 10.5 and is going to version 11 for 7 series chipsets.
Sure would be nice to see a comparison between Intel's 20GB cache drive and multiple sizes of this drive.
That seems to me to be the cutting edge in SSD technology right now.
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