Corsair announces entry level Force LS series solid state drives
Targeted at budget-oriented system builders that demand increased storage performance, Corsair unveiled a new entry to their Force series line of solid state drives (SSD) in the form of Force LS.
The Force LS is unique from all other Force series SSD by its Phison SATA 6 GB/s controller. All other Force series SSDs namely Force 3, Force GS and Force GT are all powered by LSI SandForce SF-2200 controller.
With the combination of the new Phison SATA 6 GB/s controller and Toshiba MLC NAND flash memory, the Force LS is able to sustain a sequential read speed of 555 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 535 MB/s. Although being a budget-oriented model, the Force LS sequential read and write speed are on par with its more powerful siblings powered by the LSI SandForce SF-2200 controller.
It is not surprising that all Force series perform the same as the performance is currently bottlenecked by the SATA6 interface, allowing an upward transfer speed of only 600 MB/s. Things are going to change in the future with the new PCIE-based SSD on the horizon. Input Output per second(IOPS) performance number is yet to be revealed but it is wildly expected to be lower than the other three series.
At 7 mm thick and a 2.5 inch form factor, the drive is suitable for both desktop and mobile environment. There are a total of three storage options available (60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB).
Other notable features are TRIM, background garbage collection, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and a built-in advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms. The price of the Corsair Force LS starts at $70 for the 60 GB version, $110 for the 120 GB version and finally $200 for the 240 GB flavor.