Corsair Neutron Series GTX SSD Firmware Testing ResultsBy Mike Clements, on May 14th, 2013
The Neutron Series GTX SSDs are the flagship of the Corsair SSD lineup. In recent months we've moved from using 24nm NAND to 19nm NAND in these drives due to the industry transition to smaller process NAND. We also developed new firmware for both the existing 24nm based Neutron GTX drives and for the newer 19nm based Neutron GTX drives.
The Corsair SSD ToolboxBy Mike Clements, on May 6th, 2013
Corsair proudly brings you the Corsair SSD Toolbox. This helpful utility provides users with several powerful and useful tools for use with Corsair SSDs. Let's take a look.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox will run on:
- XP SP3 (32-bit)...(64-bit version not supported)
- Vista 32-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Vista 64-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Win 7 32-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Win 7 64-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Win 8 32-bit (TRIM is not supported, all others functions are)
- Win 8 64-bit (TRIM is not supported, all others functions are)
We have provided a detailed help file which can be accessed by clicking on the question mark symbol shown here circled in red on the upper left side of the screen.Continue Reading
No More Clone Wars, the SSD & Hard Disk Drive Cloning Kit is HereBy Mike Clements, on May 3rd, 2013
When we originally introduced the Corsair Notebook Upgrade kit, we were really impressed with the Apricorn software. In fact, we used the term "chimple" to describe just how easy the kit was to use. It was so simple, a chimp could use it.
Customers related to us that they wanted a software cloning kit like this without having to buy the entire SSD based kit. So, we've created the new Corsair SSD & Hard Disk Drive Cloning Kit which utilizes the same great software but also has an improved USB 3.0 connector.
The kit includes a USB 3.0 to SATA connector and the Corsair Data Migration software CD. The original connector was USB 2.0 but the new connector shown here is USB 3.0. The new connector is much faster than the original allowing up to 180MB/s read and write speeds.
Carbide Series 200R sub $1000 Gaming PC BuildBy Jake Crimmins, on March 1st, 2013
Building a quality gaming rig doesn't take thousands of dollars if you choose your components carefully. With this in mind I set out to build a gaming rig that could handle any of today's games including Crysis 3 for under $1000. I priced the entire build out on Newegg and came in at $937.92 before tax and shipping. Let's start the build and take a look at the components I chose.Continue Reading
Corsair SSDs With Zero Overprovisioning SpaceBy Mike Clements, on January 25th, 2013
Much has been written about overprovisioning and its implementation on SSDs. In short, overprovisioning, or OP, is a portion of storage space on an SSD that is reserved for use only by the SSD controller. The three most common uses for this space are wear leveling, the replacement of bad blocks, and read-modify-writes. Overprovisioning serves to help increase both the longevity and performance of SSDs and it is a very common practice among SSD manufacturers.
However, some users would like to be able to buy their SSDs without the built in overprovisioning and make the decision to OP, or not to OP for themselves. They prefer the flexibility of deciding for themselves when to OP and how much space to use based on their specific needs. Corsair has announced and is now offering SSDs without this overprovisioned space.