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New SSDs are blazing fast

Corsair over they years has broadened its lineup of SSDs offered to the public, and this week it unveiled fresh offerings at Computex 2012. The new SSDs are fourth-generation devices falling into the flagship Neutron GTX series.
The new SSDs are the first in the industry to feature the LM87800 6Gb/s SSD controller from Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD). The Neutron GTX SSDs are offered in capacities of 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB. They use toggle NAND flash memory that promises up to 90,000 random read and write operations per second. The SSDs also promise fast sequential speeds with up to 555 MB/s read speeds and up to 500 MB/s write speeds for the GTX series.
"The Neutron Series SSDs, a strategic collaboration between Corsair and LAMD, reflects the shared commitment to performance, quality, and reliability ingrained in our companies," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "Together we've raised the standard for SSDs, and we have more exciting products on the way."
Performance for the standard Neutron series drives, offered in 120 GB and 240 GB capacities, are up to 90,000 random read operations per second and up to 85,000 random write operations per second. Sequential read speeds are up to 555 MB/s with sequential writes of up to 370 MB/s. Corsair also notes that the Neutron series SSDs are able to maintain the fast read and write speeds with both compressed and non-compressible data types.
"LAMD has built our reputation engineering high-performance, high-reliability SSD controllers for mission-critical enterprise storage solutions," said Dr. Hemant Thapar, CEO of LAMD. "Now, with Corsair’s commitment to delivering innovative, high-performance SSD solutions, we are pleased to bring our advancements in SSD technology to all PC users."
The SSDs come in a standard 2.5-inch form factor with 7 mm height. The kits also ship with a 3.5-inch adapter to allow the SSDs to be used in desktop computers.
The SSDs are expected to launch in July with pricing announced closer to launch.

Source: Corsair

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SATA speed
By Nortel on 6/5/2012 10:24:02 AM , Rating: 1
SATA 3 is only capable of 600MB/ps... PCI-E is easily the way to go. I have a hard time understanding the fan-fair for these SATA SSD's when a RevoDrive 3 X2 has specs of Read: 1500MB/s, Write: 1250MB/s and has a comparable price.

RE: SATA speed
By morgan12x on 6/5/2012 11:05:04 AM , Rating: 2
Because notebook

RE: SATA speed
By taken0prisoners on 6/5/2012 11:29:51 AM , Rating: 5
I can get a 120GB SATA 3 SSD for $100, while a RevoDrive 3 120GB is three times as much for a speed bump that I probably won't notice unless I benchmark all day.

I'll take the SATA 3 model, thanks.

RE: SATA speed
By Samus on 6/6/2012 1:54:31 AM , Rating: 1
He was saying THESE compared to Revo doesn't make sense. Obviously a drive comparable to these (like, 10% 'slower') is much more cost effective solution. But Corsair is pricing these damn close to a Revo which is 3x faster.

Why buy premium price drives that are still restricted by SATA3?

RE: SATA speed
By ekv on 6/6/2012 2:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
But Corsair is pricing these damn close to a Revo which is 3x faster.
They are? Link please.

RE: SATA speed
By ritualm on 6/6/2012 2:31:49 AM , Rating: 1
RevoDrives might be 3x faster, but they are also 3x less reliable. Funny how that works out.

RAID-0 for SSDs, when you don't know what you're doing with them, is a bad idea. Never mind that you cannot boot from RevoDrives...

RE: SATA speed
By ekv on 6/6/2012 9:25:36 PM , Rating: 2
Never mind that you cannot boot from RevoDrives...
Yes, never mind, since you CAN boot from RevoDrives ...

RE: SATA speed
By immortalsly on 6/5/2012 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it'd be hard to cram the RevoDrive into a laptop. Aside from that, RevoDrive is essentially glorified RAID-0. OCZ achieved the performance by combining either two or four SSD modules into a RAID-0 unit. How many of us here would dare to use four drives in RAID-0? Not me. Though I do drool at the prospect to using four RevoDrives in a RAID-10 setup. That'd give the PCIe bus a good workout.

RE: SATA speed
By ritualm on 6/5/2012 3:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
One, OCZ drives are as dependable as Chinese knockoff ATX power supplies.

Second, RevoDrives are still too expensive for what is essentially a JBOD full of SSDs hooked up to a SATA-to-PCIe adapter board, with less reliability in tow. Brilliant value... not.

Third, I don't care about 550MB/s sequential read/write, that is only important for uncompressed Blu-Ray backups.

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