Corsair Launches Force Series GS SSDs with Toggle NAND

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kixofmyg0t

Yay!

I don't see many posts on here about Toggle mode SSD's.

I'd like to see a SSD showdown on here. Maybe explaining the different types of NAND for people that don't know.

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vrmlbasic

It feels like SATA 6 and USB 3 are just now becoming "mainstream" (thanks Intel) and they're already at the end of their life span as these drives are getting pretty close to maxing out their maximum transfer speed. Only about 200 MB/sec to go :(

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andrewc513

If only there were more reliable PCIe drives out there, many of those have max sustained throughput measured in GB/s rather than MB/s. OCZ's RevoDrive 3 is fairly affordable compared to past models, but the overall failure rate of their consumer and enterprise PCIe SSD's are daunting.

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limitbreaker

I'm guessing that they are already maxed out even though its not technically 6Gbits, there must be a reason all sata3 drives max out at around 550MB/sec.

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Peanut Fox

It's strange. I bought 2 256GB drives and raided them because it was 400 bucks cheaper than a single 512. When I bench them throughput for reads and writes is well over 900MB/s. So I guess if you could spread the throughput of one drive across 2 or more SATA ports you'd be able to break the barrier.

Not that we really need much more speed, but there is always PCIe

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vrmlbasic

I could totally use more speed. 900 MB/sec is faster than my current setup by far, and pretty darn nice, but I'd like to shatter the 1 GB barrier in my PC ;)

It's practical, barring the downfalls of "RAIDing" SSDs that I've seen across the web, but it's also fun as they make load screens so short in games that I get to show off to my friends still using the aged 360 and PS3...until I have to use my own 360 to play games with 'em as cross-platform play and decent PC ports are extremely rare.

If I could have played Borderlands 1 on PC, and could play Borderlands 2 on PC (and if the ports were decent), with my friends who were on XBL, I would have in a heartbeat. I guess they thought of that... :(

Currently PCIe is out of my price range, but it's also a bit impractical for me. My graphics card takes up 2 slots, if I run another in CrossFire then I'm down 1 more PCIe, and if I were to run Crossfire then the speed of the remaining PCIe slot would drop :( On the other hand, I've got a whole slew of SATA slots.

Though that reminds me, there is some solace in knowing that even SATA II can deliver performance faster than the 150 MB/sec cap of the good ole PCI.

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Peanut Fox

On burst I can hit 1.1GB. Things load up amazingly fast, but I don't think I'm really benefiting from the extra read write overhead, or even the juiced up IOPs.

You're right about PCIe slots. I'm running an SLI and there isn't much space left if I'm using duel slot cards. Taking of the air coolers and using thinner water blocks helps, but it's still a really tight fit on the larger EATX boards.

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vrmlbasic

My SSD is SATA III but performs like a high-end SATA II drive as it is a "budget" OCZ variant (OCZ Agility Vertex 3 Solid according to my TigerDirect manifest) so it only gets ~200 MB/sec read.

As slow as that is, it still annihilates my 360 on game loads, and the PC version is likely loading more.

Now that I've experienced the SSD goodness, I further it. I'm tempted to put a RAID array of 'em ahead of upgrading my 6850 or even my Phenom processor come October when the superior Bulldozer evolution debuts.

It's just _that_ awesome. I know you know what I'm talking about ;)

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limitbreaker

"people with SATA 3.0 complaint mobos" yay I get to be a spelling troll for once B-), its compliant but it was obviously a typo.

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Brad Chacos

Yay!

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BryceBooth

Checked Newegg, and they have the 180GB, and 360GB in stock respectively for $175 & $320. Very nice prices, they should do very well.

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szore

Damn I paid 300 for my samsung 256 830 a month ago.

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Peanut Fox

360 is an odd size, but I think it's a sweet spot. You don't have to pony up for a 512GB drive. Smart move if you ask me. 256 starts looking a little thin once you get a few games on it.

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andrewc513

I consider myself an average gamer, not even a hardcore gamer, yet my games take up about 520GB on my HDD. The only game on my 256GB Vertex 4 is Crysis 2.

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Peanut Fox

My thought is that 360 would leave you plenty of room for an install and applications at under 80GBs for those. The rest would be for games, and I found that even with a 200GB library that's a lot of games. No way I need to have them all installed, but worst come to worst you can juggle them back and forth on a standard HDD, and Steam lets you do backups and install direct from a local source so you don't have to bother with downloading twice.

520GB sounds huge. Makes me sound like a flyweight. You got some chunky MMO games or something?

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vrmlbasic

Geez, how many games do you have installed? How modern are your games?!

My archive of GOG downloads is only 170 GB. I'm not even sure if I installed them, plus all my Steam games, if I could rack up 520 GB of games.

If you're an average gamer, comparing stats, I might not even be a _gamer_ ;)

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