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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1/11/2012 9:29:22 AM
That's kind of what I'd like to see in action...if it's all automagically managed for you, which it sounds like it is, I would be interested to see how close it actually gets to just simply using an SSD.
...because I'm going to guess that you can't somehow tell it "yeah just cache all of WoW and Photoshop on there." It does such things by itself, and presumably makes decisions about what to cache vs. leave on the HD within a program by itself, and also makes decisions about when to flush it back out of the cache all on it's own.
1/11/2012 8:32:06 PM
In real-world usage I think this would provide a noticeable boost to frequently used applications, meaning it would be about the same as having those apps on a SSD...but when you go to load a program that you don't use often things would slow down since it wouldn't be cached. So there would still be advantages to using a SSD as your OS and program drive, but something like this would probably be "good enough" for a lot of people.
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