Corsair rolls out Reactor Series and Nova Series Solid-State Drives
When it comes to data storage for your massive collection of audio and video files, many people traditionally turn to the hard drive as their storage medium of choice, although that trend is slowly but surely changing thanks to the introduction of Solid-State Drives (SSDs), and as prices start to tumble even further from their once stratospheric heights, we can be pretty sure that more people will jump aboard the SSD bandwagon without having the worry of the cost factor hanging over their heads. Corsair, a household name and worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, has just announced the expansion of their Reactor Series and Nova Series by adding more members to its family of SSDs. Regardless of whether you decide to settle on the Nova Series or on the Reactor Series, you are more or less assured that the performance benefits of solid-state technology will be made available to you at an attractive cost per gigabyte. We’ll take a closer look at both right after the jump.
First off, the Reactor Series. This range will come in 60GB and 120GB drive capacities – not exactly monster amounts when compared to regular hard drives where 500GB is the norm, but you do gain a performance boost which we’ll look at later. The Reactor Series was built using the new JMicron JMF612 controller, where this second-generation controller from JMicron incorporates 128MB of DDR2 cache memory for stutter-free performance. In addition, the 120GB Reactor Series SSD is no slouch when it comes to performance, delivering speeds of up to 250MB/s read and 170MB/s write, while the 60GB Reactor Series SSD features speeds up to 250MB/s read and 110 MB/s write.
As for the Nova Series, this range was constructed using the popular Indilinx Barefoot controller with 64MB of cache memory, and will come in a slightly different range of 64GB and 128GB drive capacities. The 128GB Nova Series SSD can hit speeds of up to 270MB/second read and 190MB/second write, while the 64GB Nova Series SSD is similar to its larger sibling in terms of read speed, although the write speed is slower at 130MB/s write. Both series of SSDs will be able to fully support the TRIM command in Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems that maintains optimal performance over the lifetime of the drives automatically.