Posted on August 26, 2013 10:45 AM by Robert Tanner
Corsair is at it again, this time announcing the new Force LS product family. Despite the name, there isn’t any SandForce controller to be found. Instead, Corsair is packing a Phison 6Gb/s controller inside, with transfer speeds reportedly rated up to 555MB/s reads and 525MB/s writes. Although not widely known, Phison isn’t a new name in the SSD market; it’s been offering respectable value and midrange-oriented controllers for several years.
The Force Series LS drives will be available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities and launch with MSRP’s of $70, $110, and $200, respectively. This would place the 240GB model $20 less than the current Corsair Neutron GTX, and in fact at the same price as the vanilla 256GB Neutron model while offering higher transfer performance by comparison. That said, the warranty period drops from 5-years with the Neutron family to a standard 3-years. LS Series drives will be 7mm and feature Toshiba NAND inside.
As usual, one can expect garbage collection, TRIM, SMART attributes, Toolbox software support, and a built-in “dynamic and static” wear-leveling algorithm on Force Series LS drives. Drives should become available any day now and should provide for another welcome alternative to SandForce controllers for those users that want one.