You know a technology’s starting to make it big when kinder, gentler, easier to install versions of it begin hitting the streets. Looks like we’re getting there with SSDs; just last week, Crucial said it planned on releasing a stand-alone SSD cache solution to give PCs a speed boost, and today, Corsair followed suit, announcing an SSD/software tandem that can perk up your PC with a minimum of muss and fuss.
Corsair's Accelerator Series of SSD Cache Drives, like Crucial’s Adrenaline line, only asks users to hook it up to a SATA port and then run the accompanying software. “No drive mapping, no reinstallation of the operating system or applications, and no complex file management is needed — the Accelerator Series SSD cache drive works in tandem with the customer's existing hard drive to provide optimized performance,” the company’s press release crows.
The Accelerator Series won’t deliver the full 6 Gbps punch some SSDs deliver, though; these are SATA 2.0 all the way, with sequential read/write speeds ranging from 240MB/s to 280MB/s depending on the model.
Unlike Crucial’s Adrenaline SSD Cache, Corsair’s ponied up some concrete availability details for its Accelerator series. The lineup should hit shelves in February with 30GB, 45GB and 60GB models priced at $70, $85 and $100, respectively.