Corsair Force Series 3 480GB SSD launched

Massive capacity solid-state drive, but the price tag is considerable
Adam Smith

October 10, 2011
Corsair Force Series 3 GT SSD

Corsair has announced two new additions to its Force Series 3 range of solid-state drives.

One model is a 180GB capacity affair, and the second a vast 480GB drive for those who want serious space along with SSD performance. The company has also launched the 480GB whopper as part of the Force Series 3 GT range, too.

Corsair is targeting its big capacity SSD at gamers and those who want to achieve very high performance with intensive tasks such as video editing.

Corsair claims an out-of-box performance of 85K Random Write IOPS, read speeds of up to 555 MB/s, and write speeds of up to 525 MB/s.

The firm notes that the synchronous flash memory employed in the drives makes them particularly suited to reading and writing non-compressible data such as video files.

The drives use the SandForce SF-2280 SSD Processor which boasts support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3). They are of course backward compatible with SATA 2, and come with a 3.5 inch adapter for use in both laptops and desktops.

Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair, commented: “As one of the leaders in high-performance solid state drives, we’re pleased to offer a full range of SSD models to address customers’ needs for high performance, high-capacity storage.”

As you can imagine, the price of a 480GB solid-state drive isn’t cheap. For the official US prices, we’re talking $799 for the Force Series 3 and $999 for the GT version of the 480 GB SSD. The Force Series 3 180GB drive is $249.

In terms of pricing over here, has the non-GT 480GB SSD at £663, and the GT at £752, with both due to be available today.


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