If you haven’t heard of SSD caching as of yet, get ready for a technology that will definitely catch your eye. SSD caching is a very simple computer upgrade that will see your system run like a race horse without any technical ‘know how’ or need to reformat whatsoever.
Follow along as we work our way through an analysis of the Corsair Accelerator 60GB Caching SSD and examine just how effective of a solution this may be for its low advertised price. It may be a move that you cannot afford to pass on any longer.
SSD caching is the process of adding an inexpensive SSD to your computer system where your ‘hot’ or frequently accessed data is stored for very quick retrieval. If you are a builder, it is like having all of your tools in the room next to you rather than out in your truck. The trick to this has always been to create a solution where the cache or ‘hot’ data was stored in the cached SSD, even after the system has been turned off for some time. Without this, system caching would have to start all over again each an every time the system was rebooted.
With this, however, amazing things are possible. If you are reading this report right now on a normal computer with a typical hard drive, shut it down and monitor how long it takes to start and get back to where we are right now. I’d bet for most, it took more than two minutes. Now imagine how much better things would be if we could start your computer in twenty seconds and that’s not even considering system performance yet.
The Corsair Accelerator is a SATA 2 caching solution that can be found in capacities of 30, 45 or 60GB with prices advertised at $44.99, $69.99 and $84.99 with present manufacturers rebates. Performance for the SSD is listed at 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write which means that, depending on the hard drive in your system, you just might see your PC running as much as five times faster. It comes with a standard three year warranty.
The exterior case of the Accelerator is a painted black metal and this is the first SSD we have encountered that never required a screw driver for disassembly. The base plate of the drive simply slides into the top case where there are three recesses on each side that match with the top case. There is a security sticker on the bottom which will be damaged and void your warranty, should you elect to unscrew the printed circuit board (PCB) from the base plate.
The PCB contains the SandForce SF-2181 SATA 2 processor and there are four modules of Micron 25nm 8GB asynchronous MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory (29F664G08CBAAA) on each side of the half-height PCB.