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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RE: they need to hit the OEM market
1/11/2012 12:19:13 PM
Ghost the drive. Partition it in Windows 7, copy partition.
Though I agree, this would be a slightly easier sell, but if I bother to describe the process to most of my customers they'll opt to have me image the SSD.
RE: they need to hit the OEM market
1/12/2012 12:09:24 PM
Prettymuch, I don't see this as a machine refresher in the business world. It does not perform the gains required for multi machine touch an deployment. SSD booster will not show the ROI in the cubicle world against labor cost. This is why I say bundle it from OEM's because a standard supported production model *could* apply to the business world as a modest upgrade. I don't see cases cracking open to shave 1/2 second off ms word launch times. Those people who would see the ROI would also be worth investing a full size ssd.
Great idea, but working in the business world what the IT department thinks is cool, and what the business thinks is a worthwhile investment often does not match.
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