SATA 6Gb/s based Corsair Force 3 series announced and Priced!

SATA 6Gb/s SSD drives have started coming in and coming from Corsair (But no 60.

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Corsair India sent a Press/Release Price Sheet for the Force Series 3 drives viz. powered by Sandforce’s SF-2281.

NEW DELHI / BANGALORE, India – May 17, 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.”

The 120gig’s MRP is Rs. 13,500/- and 240gigs cost about Rs. 29,500/-. Sadly, Corsair labelled 60gig version as “not launched in India”. Chances are if these 60gig do end up with a price tag under 4 figures, we might something good. However, do note: Gigabyte announced mSata support on their boards that will come pretty soon and eventually other manufacturers will follow suit. One has to see how nicely (or confusingly) SSD business takes shape.Price is similarish to the Corsair SSD I’ve reviewed earlier, but once I get a good idea about the controller and do some tests I’ll know how good the drive is.

Speaking of tests, I will be including a “SSD Fill Test”. Do follow in our facebook for details that I’ll put up once its perfected.

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