Say hello to Corsair's Force Series 3, the company's latest line of solid-state drives based on SandForce controllers. This time, Corsair has enlisted the SF-2281 chip to produce a line of drives with Serial ATA 6Gbps connectivity and impressive-sounding performance ratings.
Corsair says Force Series 3 SSDs can reach 550MB/s when reading data, 520MB/s when writing, and 85,000 IOPS during random writes. That's quite a step up over the original Force series, which tops out at 280MB/s and 50,000 IOPS.
You can look forward to 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB Force Series 3 drives priced at $139, $219, and $499, respectively, according to Corsair. The drives are bundled with an "easy-to-use 3.5" adapter" (which will come in handy unless you already have a desktop case with 2.5" drive mounts) and feature three years of warranty coverage. They should be available later this month.
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