As the price of flash continues to drop, and the popularity of SSDs increases, it was only a mater of time till consumers would be looking for larger capacities. After all, it is inevitable that if some of our stuff is speedy on an SSD, we'd want to put more stuff on said SSD. That's one of the reasons why Corsair has decided to add a 480GB and 960GB capacity to their Force Series LS SSD line up.
The Corsair Force Series LS SSDs already come in smaller 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities. But unless you're building a RAID array, the smaller capacities really aren't so practical for use in small form factor PCs and notebooks. With a single larger 480GB and 960GB drive, you can throw everything you need onto one, without worry. Then all your apps and files can enjoy the speedy 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write speeds, boasted by these latest capacity bumps. Of course, the drives will also support TRIM and garbage collection, along with S.M.A.R.T. commands, giving you peace of mind and long life.
The drives will be 100% backwards compatible with SATA I and II, and will come with Corsair's SSD Toolbox software to help keep the performance high. The drives will be sold in a 7mm height in a 2.5 inch width. An adapter will be needed if you want to mount it in a 3.5 inch bay, if your mounting area does not already support that. While PC support is assumed, there is no mention of the level of Mac support. Though one can likely assume it will work, but may have issues with garbage collection performance.
In terms of pricing, your'e looking at $189.99 US for the 480GB version, and $389.99 US for the 960GB version. They also come with a 3 year warranty, and should be hitting the shelves shortly.
The full press release is posted below.
Corsair Adds 960GB and 480GB Capacities to Force Series LS SSD Line
– Corsair Brings Cost-Effective Solid-State Storage to Notebook and Desktop PCs –
FREMONT, California — April 14, 2015 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the release of the addition of 960GB and 480GB capacity models to the existing line of Force Series® LS SSD drives. The new Force Series LS SSD models, like the previously announced 240GB, 120GB, and 60GB models, provide consumers a cost-effective way to upgrade their notebook or desktop PCs to faster, more reliable solid-state storage.
The 7mm-high Force Series LS SSDs can be installed into most desktop or notebook PC with a standard 2.5” or 3.5” drive bay (3.5” bays require optional adapter). The drives feature SATA 3 6Gb/s support for optimal performance with the latest systems, and are backward compatible with SATA revision 1.0 and 2.0 for maximum compatibility. A copy of the powerful Corsair SSD Toolbox software utility is included as a free download.
Force Series LS SSDs deliver file transfer speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write, up to 10 times faster than standard hard drives. The new drives support TRIM, garbage collection, and S.M.A.R.T commands and include built-in an advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithm to extend the lifespan of the drive flash memory.
Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
The Force Series LS 960GB and 480GB SSDs are estimated to sell at an average price of $379.99 and $189.99 respectively. The SSDs are available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized retailers and are backed with a three year warranty and Corsair’s renowned customer service and technical support.
Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company's award-winning products include memory upgrades, USB flash drives, power supply units, solid-state drives, PC speakers, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, laser gaming mice, system monitoring and control devices, PC cooling products, and computer cases.
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