Corsair today released three new solid state drives (SSDs) that deliver both speedy performance and high capacity. The new models include two new Force 3 SSDs at 180 GB and 480 GB and one new Force GT SSD at 480 GB. All of the new models are powered by the SandForce 2280 controller and utilize the SATA 3 (6GB/s) storage interface. All models will include a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter for use in desktops, and are backward compatible with older SATA specifications.
The Corsair Force GT being the faster lineup of drives now has a 480 GB Force GT SSD that is capable of 555 MB/s read speeds and write speeds of 525 MB/s. Further, the drive uses ONFI synchronous flash memory and achieves 85K random write IOPS (input/output operations per second).
Although Corsair already has 120 GB and 240 GB models of solid state drives, the lineup now has a 180 GB SSD (to match the 180 GB capacity of the Force GT line) and a 480 GB drive. These two new SSDs use the same asynchronous flash that the other SSDs in Corsair’s Force 3 lineup utilizes as well as the same SandForce 2280 controller. In being compatible with SATA 3 (6GB/s) interface, the drives are able to pump out 85K random write IOPS, 550 MB/s read speeds, and 520 MB/s write speeds. This puts them slightly below the Force GT series, but still delivering respectable performance.
The new solid state drives are available now from authorized distributors and retailers worldwide. The Force 3 SSDs carry an MSRP of $249 USD for the 180GB version and $799 USD for the 480GB SSD. Finally, the 480GB Force GT has an MSRP of $999 USD. Remember to check out our SSD Decoder for help in picking out your solid state drives!
Subject: Storage | September 26, 2011 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, round up, corsair, crucial, Intel 320, Intel 510, kingston, ocz, SF-2281 controller, Marvell 88SS9174, Intel PC29AS21BA0
Making the assumption you are not as rich as Croesus, there is a sweet spot that many look for when it comes to SSDs. If you go too small the channel limitations will impact your performance, but a 256GB+ drive is simply out of the budgets of many enthusiasts ... at least for the storage subsystem. The Tech Report set out in search of the perfect size for an SSD, big enough for full speed performance but small enough it doesn't break the bank. To that end they assembled nine SSDs, ranging in size from 120GB to 128GB, which gives away the ending in a way. What you don't know is which drive came out on top, especially in the price to performance tests. Find out in their full article.
"The latest generation of SSDs is out in full force. We've rounded up nine of 'em to see which offers the best performance and overall value proposition"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Samsung PM830 Review @ The SSD Review
- Mach Xtreme MX-DS Turbo 120 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Samsung 830 Series SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
- MemoRight FTM.25 115GB SSD @ Kitguru
- Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD @ kitguru
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD Review, RAID0 Performance Tested @ Techspot
- Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 120 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- The Samsung SSD 830 @ AnandTech
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL SATA 6G RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Javelin S4 @ Legion Hardware
- SilverStone DC01 Network Attached Storage device Review @ OCIA
- USB 3.0 vs. External Hard Disk Drives @ X-bit Labs
- Thecus N4200PRO @ Computing on Demand
- WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
- Centon Rush USB 3.0 16 GB @ techPowerUp
- Patriot 16GB Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2011 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Corsair Vengeance, audio, keyboard, gaming mouse
Over at Overclockers Club is a look at Corsair's Vengeance series of keyboards, mice and headsets. They captured several slides from a recent presentation that show a brief history of Corsair's products as well as having hands on time with the newest members of the Vengeance lineup. From the M60 mouse with a dedicated sniper button to the K60 mechanical keyboard, they've focused on the needs of gamers, not casual users. The Vengeance 1100 headset and it's noise cancelling microphone also gets a look.
"The M60 is Corsair's new enthusiast grade-gaming mouse that looks to improve user experience in first-person shooters. Like the M90, the M60 utilizes an Avago 5670 DPI sensor with lift-detection for real-time adjustments. However, the M60 utilizes an aluminum unibody design with an adjustable center of gravity and PTFE glide pads. Making the Vengeance M60 potentially even more powerful as a FPS tool, there is also a red "sniper" button that lowers the DPI on-the-fly. When activated, the mouse toggles between a high-speed DPI mode and a precision mode. This serves to improve accuracy when using in-game sniper rifles, and could come in handy whenever a lower DPI is required for kills."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance Gaming Peripherals Preview @ Neoseeker
- Ozone Strike Mechanical Keyboard @ XSReviews
- Pandawill Rii mini i6 Keyboard Remote @ techPowerUp
- Roccat Valo Max Customization Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard @ kitguru
- Zowie Celeritas Competive Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCC
- Razer Black Widow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ eTeknix
- IOGEAR GKM571R 2.4 GHz Multimedia Mini Keyboard Review @ MissingRemote
- SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical keyboard @ LanOC Reviews
- Roccat ISKU Gaming Keyboard Review with Roccat TALK @ HardwareHeaven
- Wheel Stand Pro Review @ XtremeComputing
- Mouse Without Borders @ CoD
- Steelseries Sensei Mouse @ kitguru
- Zowie EC2 Review @ OCC
- Steelseries Sensei Gaming Mouse @ XSReviews
- R.A.T 7 Gaming Mouse Albino Edition Review @ Tech-Reviews
- NZXT Avatar S 1600 DPI Gaming Mouse Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Spy Mouse Review @ t-break
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2011 - 07:50 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb, PC, mic, headsets, gaming, corsair, analog, 7.1, 5.1
Following in the success of the company’s HS1 gaming headset, Corsair recently unveiled three new gaming headsets in its new Vengeance lineup of gaming peripherals. The new arrivals include the Vengeance 1100, 1300, and 1500 audio peripherals, of which two support USB connections.
The Vengeance 1100 is the smallest of the three gaming headsets, and features a behind-the-head headphone design and boom microphone extending from the left speaker. Using 40mm drivers, the headphones are capable of a claimed 94 decibel dynamic range, and is one of Corsairs lightest headsets. The microphone is of the unidirectional variety and features noise cancellation technology. Connectivity options include two 3.5mm audio jacks at the end of the 1.8 meter cable for headphone and microphone or a single USB connection with the included adapter cable.
The Vengeance 1300 headset with dual 3.5mm analog connections.
While lightweight and open ear headphones have their place, they are not for everyone. Thankfully, Corsair have also introduced two larger designs dubbed the Vengeance 1300 and 1500 to suit the needs of gamers who prefer (whether out of desire for isolated sound or to appease the significant other) the around-the-ears circumaural design. The 1300 supports connecting to high end sound cards with 3.5mm audio connections for both sound and the noise canceling cardioid microphone while the Vengeance 1500 connects to the computer using USB for both sound and microphone. Both models feature 50mm drivers, 95 decibel dynamic range, 3 meter cables, noise canceling microphones, and support for positional audio. Further, the Vengeance 1300 uses X-Fi CMSS-3D while the 1500 headset supports 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby Headphone positional audio. The larger designs are bound to be relatively heavy compared to the smaller Vengeance 1100; however, the closed ear design should provide cleaner audio while blocking out background noise.
As far as pricing and availability are concerned, the new gaming headsets and other Vengeance gaming peripherals are slated for an October 2011 launch worldwide. The Vengeance 1100 weights in at an attractive $39 US MSRP while the larger 1300 and 1500 have a suggested retail price of $79 US and $99 USD respectively.
Do you game with headsets, or are you more of the crank-the-home-theater-speakers-to-11 (and immerse the whole neighborhood in your Battlefield match) kind of person? I have somewhat recently moved to a pair of headphones for gaming and it definitely has its benefits (including the aforementioned spouse acceptance factor...). How do you think the new Corsair headsets will stack up to the competition? Let us know in the comments!
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2011 - 04:30 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mice, mechanical keyboard, corsair
For such an old technology it certainly seems like gaming mechanical keyboards are making a surge into the market lately. More and more hands are in the pot full of Cherries; each hand with their personal set of distinguishing features to set their offering apart from all the others. Some prefer to opt for backlighting; some prefer to opt for ludicrous amounts of keys to be pressed at once; and some prefer to duke it out in switch type, extra buttons, and price. Razer recently jumped in to the fray with their premiere and recently expanded BlackWidow product line. Corsair seems to have their sights directly on Razer, however, with their own mechanical keyboard lineup: The Vengence K60 FPS keyboard and the K90 MMO keyboard the latter with blue backlighting. Also announced are two gaming mice, one to complement each keyboard with similar model numbers: M60 and M90.
Are your ears burning Razer? This could get bloody.
I must say that upon overviewing Corsair’s claims of a 20KRO keyboard I am quite interested in this product. According to their product page, they have essentially created the basis of an NKRO keyboard by isolating every key from each other (rather than having certain combinations of as low as 3 keys confuse the controller) but instead of using a native PS/2 controller for real NKRO they opted for messing with USB in such a way to allow up to 20 keys pressed at once. While the question still remains of how up-to “up-to” really is, if they really isolated every key it is possible that you simply will not have enough fingers to jam the keyboard without physically trying to make it happen. Such a feat is possible, however: Microsoft has done a similar accomplishment with their SideWinder X4 keyboard, claiming 26KRO over USB.
I mean honestly, who needs two hands on your FPS keyboard?
It seems very much like Corsair is attempting to ram into the market chest-first like some Cherry-flavored Kool-Aid man. A special one-handed wristguard for the FPS model and replaceable keycaps for the WSAD and number keys knowing that without backlighting they are the first to go show that they thought this through before they made their leap. The backlight K90 also priced nearly identically to Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate at $129 with the FPS-centric K60 priced at $109 though that price includes the wrist guard. The two mice are priced at $79 for the M90 and $69 for the M60. Update 9/17/2011: I forgot to mention, Corsair said it should be available in October.
Subject: Memory | September 15, 2011 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, vengeance lp 8gb, low power
Regular viewers of our podcast know that Josh's favourite component right now is RAM, specifically high performance RAM for dirt cheap. This RAM would certainly count, not only do you get two 4GB sticks for $53, it is low profile and at 1.35V is very low powered as well. Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB runs 1600MHz stock @ 9-9-9-24 timings and even features a white heatspreader to give you cool running and unique looking RAM. It doesn't have to stay low power either, when Overclock3D started earning their name and pumped the voltage up to 1.65 they could reduce the timings to 7-8-7-24 or pump the speed to 1866MHz @10-11-10-27.
"If you're on the lookout for a low voltage memory kit, perhaps Corsair have just the ticket."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance LP White PC3-12800 8GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- VisionTek High Performance PC3-12800 8GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- Visiontek Ultimate Performance 12GB / 24GB PC3-14900 CL10 1866mhz @ kitguru
- Corsair Dominator GT 1.5v PC3-17066 8GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Viper Xtreme PC3-17066 4GB Kit @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | September 13, 2011 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sandforce, Sandforce SF2281, ssd, roundup, corsair, kingston, ozc, patriot, sata 6Gps
Four companies with seven SSDs that all share the same controller were tested at X-bit Labs to see if there is any noticeable difference in their performance. The price per gigabyte varies on the different models as they all use slightly different flash memory as well as different interfaces. X-bit tries to come out with a general statement about performance and captures the heart when they state "SSDs with synchronous MLC NAND flash are generally faster but also more expensive whereas SSDs with asynchronous flash are cheaper and slower". That generalization doesn't quite capture the results fully however as even within those two categories there are some choices better than others. Check out the full review to see which drives came out on top.
"We tested seven high-speed solid state drives built on second generation SandForce controller that support SATA 6 Gbps. Please welcome our heroes: Corsair Force 3, Corsair Force GT, Kingston HyperX, OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Patriot Pyro and Patriot Wildfire."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 64GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Corsair Force GT SSD 120 GB @ Metku
- Crucial M4 256GB Update: The Power of Firmware @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Force GT SATA 3 240GB SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- Kingston HyperX 120GB SandForce SF-2281 @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Areca ARC-1882i and Corsair Force GT 7 Drive SATA III RAID 0 Setup @ Tweaktown
- Synology DiskStation DS411 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- ICYBOX USB3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Synology Rackstation RS2211+ @ kitguru
- StarTech.com Portable SATA Duplicator & USB / eSATA Dock @ AnandTech
- Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB @ AnandTech
- Seagate Goflex Satellite 500GB hard drive @ The Inquirer
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 4TB Desk External Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
- QNAP vs DROBO @ CoD
Subject: Storage | August 31, 2011 - 12:27 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, storage, corsair, sandforce, SATA3
Today Corsair announced two new high capacity SSDs that have joined the company’s Force GT solid state drive lineup. The new drives come in 180 GB and 240GB flavors, a nice increase from the current 60 GB and 120 GB drives.
The new Force GT SSDs utilize the SATA 3 (6Gbps) interface, and are powered by the SandForce SF-2280 controller. In addition, the drives are powered by ONFI synchronous flash memory. The hardware results in random IOPS of 85K, read speeds of 555 MB/s, and write speeds of 525 MB/s. Thi La, the VP of Memory Products for Corsair stated the new 180 GB and 240 GB SSDs are best suited for enthusiasts systems that require large amounts of high performance storage.
The Force GT drives will come with a 3.5” adapter for cases that do not have 2.5” drive bays. The SSDs are available for purchase now, and carry an MSRP of $379 USD for the 180 GB model and $489 USD for the 240 GB SSD.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2011 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Carbide 400R, h100, h80
The Corsair Carbide 400R enclosure is constructed of steel, apart from rubber for grommets, feet and drive mounts and is surprisingly light for such a sturdy enclosure. The grommets for watercooling are plentiful with Corsair even describing the best way to set up the case using either their H100 or H80 self contained water coolers. At the top of the front you will find audio ports, two USB 3.0 headers and a Firewire port in addition to activity LEDs and a power button. What impressed Legit Reviews even more than the light weight was the MSRP of $100, making the case affordable for those who can't bring themselves to spend $150+ on an enclosure.
"Corsair simply nailed it with the Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case. The first thing I noticed taking this steel case out of the box was it is fairly light at under 16 pounds! It was very sturdy and I didn't feel like I was going to be breaking plastic parts while reviewing the case. The elegant sleek design may escape you are first look but it is certainly there. It may take the first time for you to see the PC turned on to see how well it works with the white LED lights provided on the front panels and front case fans. Sure it only comes with three fan to start but if you are feeling creative you can have up to ten to create a wind tunnel in your Corsair Carbide Series 400R."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Cooler Master Silencio 550 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT System Enclosure @ Metku.net
- Caselabs M8 @ OC3D
- In Win BUC @ Hardware Bistro
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case Review @ OCIA
- NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Arctic Cooling F12 Case Fans @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- Xigmatek Aegir CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2011 - 02:31 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: visit, fan, corsair
I have been wandering around the Bay area for the last several days and stopped in to see some of our favorite hardware and technology companies. We saw a lot of really interesting things that we can't quite discuss yet, but this machine we found in the Corsair testing labs was kind of interesting. Have you ever wondered how fans get all those ratings like CFMs, dBAs and speed curves?
Meet the LongWin LW-9266 Fan Performance Measurement Apparatus. Not something from Aperture Science as you might guess, this device lets Corsair test new fan options for their heatsinks, cases and H-series liquid coolers to find those that are the quietest, the most efficient and the provide the best pressure results for cooling particular heatsinks, etc.
The idea is simple enough - connect a fan (or a fan behind a heatsink) to the end of the LW-9266 and turn on the machine, set some variables and let it go. Air is pushed by the fan into the blue chamber up to and another fan blower moves air in the same direction to equalize pressure, thus it can tell how much air is actually being moved.
The whole process is quite a bit more complicated that I am making it out to be of course - I just got the crash course. Interestingly, this Delta fan they were showing off for me was so loud, it droned out the rest of the testing contraption completely. Air speed = high, noise = high. I didn't need a machine for that.
Here is a sample result from a previous fan test that shows some performance results. Other than the cool factor here, there isn't much to report, but it is good to see Corsair making investments in actually TESTING stuff they are selling to consumers rather than taking OEMs word on specifications, etc.
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