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Corsair announces Force Series 3 of notebook SSDs

New series will be available later this month starting at 60GB and $139

California-based computer peripheral company Corsair is ready to unleash a new line of super-fast notebook SSDs later this month called the Force Series 3.

The SSDs will be able read and write at speeds of up to a theoretical 550MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively. The fast speeds are achieved by using a 6GB/sec SATA interface and a special SF-2281 controller from the SSD manufacturer SandForce. The series is still backward compatible with SATA 2, however, at 3GB/sec. Additionally, the Force Series 3 has an IOPS (input/output per second) rating of 85k, and is thus able to boot up more quickly compared to other SSDs. Typical SSDs have an IOPS rating of only 10k and above.

With the rapid market adoption of SATA 3, there’s strong demand for affordably priced SSDs that can take advantage of the enhanced performance it provides,” said VP of Corsair Thi La.

While an exact date is unknown, the Force Series 3 should begin shipping sometime later this month at aggressive prices. The series will debut in three capacities, 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB, each set at $139, $219, and $499, respectively. Each model will also come with a 3-year warranty and even a 3.5-inch adapter for desktop users. Check out the official produce page for the Force Series 3 here.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)