Connoisseurs of SSDs know current NAND flash for SSDs comes in 3 varieties — fast, faster, and fastest. These can also be called asynchronous, synchronous, and toggle NAND respectively.
Those users that want the ultimate in SSD performance seek out the fastest SSD controllers paired with the fastest NAND flash. This is why we have paired the SandForce SF-2200 SSD Processor with toggle flash to create the Force Series™ GS line of SSDs.
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.
A report recently published over at the VR-Zone discussing the new 4th generation Intel Core processors, code-named "Haswell", and their ability to go into a lower power sleep state than any previous processor has caused some concern about PSU compatability with the new processor.
When an Intel Core (i3, i5, i7) processor is idle, it goes into a sleep state that requires less power than when the CPU is active. Since the motherboard voltage regulation modules that provide power to the CPU gets their power from the power supply's +12V rail, these sleep states can dramatically reduce the load on the power supply's +12V rail.
Recently we announced quite a few new products, and updates to current product lines. Some of the most exciting are the new Dominator Platinum DDR3 memory with LED lighting, and the new Graphite Series 600T Silver mid-tower case. What better time to do a system build than when we have two new products that compliment each other so beautifully! We will also be using our brand new Force Series GS SSD with its fast toggle NAND technology, and our recently updated GS800 PSU. While we are at it, I am going to swap out all the stock fans from the 600T with our new Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition fans, and we will be using our SP120 Quiet Edition fans in place of the stock Hydro Series H100 fans. The silver and blue theme turned out great! If you have never built a system before, or you are not familiar with some of our new products from then check out the video below!