May the Force (LS) be with you
Corsair today added to its ever expanding line of solid state drives with a new entry level offering, the Force LS Series. These new drives are powered by a Phison SATA 6Gbps controller, the first in Corsair's Force family of SSDs to deviate from LSI's Sandforce SF-2200 controller. They also features multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory built by Toshiba on a 19nm manufacturing process.
Initially there will be three capacities to choose from. These include 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB. All three are 2.5-inch form factor drives measuring 7mm; they come in desktop and laptop upgrade kits. Even though the Force LS Series is considered a budget line, the drives are rated to run fairly fast with sequential read speeds of up 560MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 535MB/s.
Other features include TRIM support, RAID support, BGC (Background Garbage Collection), built-in advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms, and SMART monitoring.
The drives cost $70 (60GB), $110 (120GB), and $200 (240GB) and are backed by three year warranties.