Corsair Accelerator 30GB & 60GB Reviewccokeman -
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Will you get full-on SSD performance numbers out of the Accelerator drives when used as caching drives? No, they are not meant to offer this kind of performance, but are instead designed to improve upon the disk performance of the spindle drive you already have installed in a system. Do the Accelerator drives offer a significant boost in drive performance in your day-to-day usage model? A resounding YES! First lets talk about the installation of the drives into the system. Other than a few glitches that turned out to be user error, the installation of the NVELO Dataplex software took less than three minutes (five if you read the installer carefully). This ease of use is significant when you look at the alternative. Using Intel's IRST requires you to set up the drive as part of a RAID array, which has to be done when the operating system is installed. If you need to remove the cache drive you will need to re-install the operating system. This hassle is not required with the Corsair Accelerator and Dataplex software. Adding the cache drive to the system is as simple as installing the software or uninstalling it to remove the drive from the system. It could not get any easier!
The costs associated with a SATA 6Gb/s Solid State drive are significant when you look at the costs for ownership of the Accelerator. At a price between $55 and $75, the drive works as intended and offers improved disk drive performance for a minimal outlay of your hard earned cash. All of these benefits are seen while saving the end user time since an OS re-install is not needed. Also, you get a bang for the buck improvement in disk performance right off the bat. The other added value is the fact that you do not pay any extra for additional storage as you keep your current large capacity drive in tact, allowing you get the best of both worlds.
At this time, support for large drives used with the Accelerators is capped at 2TB due to OS limitations and the lack of support for GUID partitioning. Since systems are now able to handle capacities above 2TB, I cannot see this restriction as a concern in the near future. Users contemplating a new system will most likely purchase to a dedicated SSD and large capacity single storage drive. As a means to improve disk performance on current systems, the Corsair Accelerator drives perform quite well with an improved feel to the system and tangible results to back up the claims. Simple to install and implement, Corsair has a winner in the Accelerator series.
- Higher disk performance
- Improved user experience
- Lower cost
- Do not have to install as a RAID Array
- Software installation
- Drives over 2TB not supported