Corsair Adds Force LS Series to Its SSD Line Up
Corsair's line of Solid State Drives (SSD) is already impressive and diverse, but yesterday Corsair added a new addition to its line of SSDs. The new series of SSDs will be called Force LS Series and it is meant as an entry level offering. The new drives will be the first Corsair SSDs to use a different controller than LSI's Sandforce SF-2200, instead the Force LS SSDs will use a Phison SATA 6 Gbps controller. The drive will use 19 nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory manufactured by Toshiba.
The SSDs will, initially, come in three capacities, namely 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB. The drives will all be in the standard 2.5 inch form factor, and they will come in both desktop and laptop upgrade kits. Despite being entry level, the SSDs should put out some impressive read/write speeds. The sequential read speed can reach up to 560 MB/s and the sequential write speed can reach up to 535 MB/s. The drives can be used in RAID configurations, they will have TRIM, Background Garbage Collection (BCG), and advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms to increase the drives' lifespan and maintain the rated speeds, along with SMART monitoring.
The prices for the SSDs are: $70 for the 60 GB version, $110 for the 120 GB version, and $200 for the 240 GB version, and they are all backed by a three year warranty. So if you have been holding out on SSDs until now, you might want to consider these drives as your first one.