Corsair today announced what it says is a "major advance in high capacity SSDs," which is marketing speak for the retail availability of its 480GB Force Series GT SSD and 180GB and 480GB Force Series 3 SSDs. The 180GB is meant to replace smaller boot drives that became popular when SSD pricing was stuck in the stratosphere, with the 480GB an option for high performance notebooks users who require "massive SSD storage capacity in a single drive."
As a refresher, the Force Series GT is built around SandForce's SF-2280 controller and offers native support for SATA 6Gbps. These drives feature ONFI synchronous flash memory, up to 85,000 random write IOPS, up to 555MBs/ read performance, and up to 525MB/s write speeds.
Corsair's Force Series 3 SSD line is built around the same controller and offers comparable performance with read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively. These drives ship with a 3.5-inch adapter.
Retail pricing breaks down to $249 for the Force Series 3 180GB, $799 for the Force Series 3 480GB, and $999 for the Force Series GT 480GB.