Corsair debuts mainstream SSDs with new JMicron controller
Breaking away from the initial limitations. Corsair officially introduced its Reactor SSDs, these disks feature the new JMicron JMF612 controller and are available in 60GB and 120GB capacities. The specifications reveal read speeds of up to 250MB/s for both models and write speeds of up to 110MB/s for the 60GB model and up to 170MB/s for the 120GB version.
JMicron has a bit name in the SSD market because its controllers suffered from stutter issues, but Corsair points out that the new JMF612 incorporates 128MB of DDR2 cache for stuffer-free performance. The 60GB and 120GB Reactor are listed online for $185 and $350, respectively.
Additionally, Corsair also introduced the Nova series. The Nova Series SSDs are created with the Indilinx BarefooT controller, which provides the storage units with a cache memory of 64MB. The line is, at least for now, composed of two models, namely one with 64GB of storage and one with 128GB. These two devices both have a maximum read speed of 270MB/s. This transfer rate is significantly superior to that of not just hard drives, but also certain other existing SSDs. As for writing, the maximum speed is, predictably, lower for the drive with smaller capacity. As such, the 64GB Nova SSD can reach 130MB/s, whereas the 128GB version can achieve 190MB/s.
Both the Reactor and Nova series have support for TRIM in Windows 7 and are backed by a two-year warranty.
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