More Sandforce SF-2000 drives are appearing: Corsair has announced the Force Series 3 line of solid state drives. Equipped with the SandForce SF-2281 controller, these SATA 3 (6Gbps) compatible drives are specified for up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds.
Corsair has just announced its latest line of solid state drives, the Force Series 3. Using the latest SandForce SF-2281 controller, the Force Series 3 claims up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds. The drives support SATA 3 (6Gbps) and are backward compatible with SATA 2.
According to Corsair, Force Series 3 drives will be priced close to previous generation drives. Corsair's suggested retail prices for the drives are as follows:
- 60GB – US$139
- 120GB – US$219
- 240GB – US$499
Hopefully prices will decrease further as more manufacturers bring new generation Sandforce drives onto the market. Prices of previous generation SSDs have dropped in tandem, which might be of interest to bargain hunters.
See the full press release below:
Corsair announces Force Series 3 Solid State Drives
New family offers SATA 3 performance for near SATA 2 pricing
FREMONT, California — May 16th, 2011 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the Force Series™ 3 family of solid-state drives.
The newly announced Force Series 3 models take advantage of the new SATA 6.0 Gb/s (SATA 3) interface to deliver impressive speed at an attractive price. The Force Series 3 features the highest performance version of the latest-generation SandForce SF-2281 SSD Processor with out-of-box read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively, and an impressive 85000K IOPS for measurably faster system response, boot times and application load times than SATA 2 solid-state drives. All Force Series 3 models are also backward compatible with SATA 2, and include an easy-to-use 3.5” adapter to allow owners of both desktop and notebook PCs to enjoy the cool, quiet operation and enhanced system performance made possible by replacing their traditional mechanical hard drive with an SSD.
“With the rapid market adoption of SATA 3, there’s strong demand for affordably priced SSDs that can take advantage of the enhanced performance it provides,” said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. “Our new Force Series 3 SSDs provide the performance that enthusiasts demand, at price points approaching the current generation of SATA 2 SSDs.”
“We are pleased to have our SandForce SF-2281 driving the leading-edge performance of the Force Series 3 family,” said Jeremy Werner, Director of Marketing at SandForce. “ Corsair, and its newest Force Series 3 drives, is poised to ride the wave of SATA 3 adoption by offering compelling pricing and enthusiast-level performance.”
Force Series 3 solid state drives will be available worldwide this month from Corsair’s network of authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of $139 USD for the 60GB model, $219 USD for the 120GB model and $499 USD for the 240GB model. Note that stated capacities are unformatted and actual capacities will vary depending on the formatting and operating system used. For more information on Force Series 3 solid state drives, please visit the Corsair web site.
Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company's award-winning products include DRAM memory modules, USB flash drives, power supply units, solid-state drives, PC headsets and speaker systems, cooling systems and computer cases.