New Corsair Reactor, Nova SSDs hit retail

— 6:00 AM on March 1, 2010

We already learned about Corsair's new Reactor and Nova solid-state drives last month, but now, the drives have been treated to an official launch as well as an appearance in U.S. online retail stocks. Newegg carries three of the four SSDs, with prices starting at $184.99 for the 60GB Reactor and ranging up to $369 for the (currently unavailable) 128GB Nova.

Rather than re-hash specs in text form, we've whipped up a handy table with key details and e-tail pricing:

Drive Form factor Interface(s) Top read speed Top write speed Price
Nova 128GB 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s 270 MB/s 190 MB/s $369.00
Nova 64GB 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s 270 MB/s 130 MB/s $199.00
Reactor 120GB 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s, USB 2.0 250 MB/s 170 MB/s $349.00
Reactor 60GB 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s, USB 2.0 250 MB/s 110 MB/s $184.99

Although much of the above is old news, the official announcement does answer one key question we had last month: what types of storage controllers do these drives carry? As it turns out, Nova SSDs feature Indilinx Barefoot controllers riding alongside 64MB of cache memory, while their Reactor siblings come with JMicron JMF612 controllers and 128MB of DDR2 cache.

Both product series also have TRIM support in Windows 7, so write speeds shouldn't go down too much even as the drives become used. Oh, and Corsair covers both Nova and Reactor offerings with two-year warranties.

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