SSDs are still expensive and without reach for many and even enthusiasts with limited wallets. Various solutions for cache have become more in fashion for these users, and now Corsair joins the ranks.
With the launch of the Intel Z68 chipset we got the Smart Response Technology. It made it possible to combine a large harddrive with a small SSD in that way get a performance boost, since the technology automatically checks what programs and files that are accessed most frequently. This makes it possible to get near-SSD performance from a regular harddrive after some time, just by adding a small and cheaper SSD, without the need to keep track of where you install or run files from.
Corsair Accelerator sports the SandForce SF-1200 controller, which is last generation. The reason is simply the lower cost, but also because the difference between SATA 3.0 Gbps and 6.0 Gbps is relativily slim. Corsair also says that its solution will be very easy to use. Just connect the drive, install the software and you’re done. You don’t have to reinstall Windows and the technology is based on NVELO Dataplex, just like OCZ Synapse.
Corsair Accelerator is available at 30 GB, 45 GB and 60 GB capacity, and the price for the entry model is 70 dollar. The exact launch date was not revealed, but the representative estimated availability by the end of February.