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Corsair Accelerator Series 60GB Cache SSD Review – Your System Start Up Decreases Significantly


The NVELO Dataplex caching solution found in the Corsair Accelerator Solid State Cache Drive has been available to manufacturers since September 2011 and has been incorporated into SSD solutions by OCZ, Crucial and now Corsair.  It is the only solution that does what it does and does it well.  NVELO Dataplex transforms your hard drive into an SSD by measure of performance.

While other solutions have jumped into SATA 3 solutions with their caching SSDs, Corsair has elected to market theirs as a SATA II SSD for value and, considering that 99% of systems today are still SATA 2, that may not have been a bad decision.

The Corsair Accelerator targets the average computer user who is looking for a PC upgrade while not having the technical expertise to upgrade their system or reformat their hard drive which, at the best of times, can be extremely frustrating.  The Corsair Accelerator is meant for just that person and is as simple as a SSD connection, software download, installation and a reboot.

From the first reboot we saw our start time drop by a minute and twenty seconds and everything we did on the new cached system was significantly faster.  In the end, time is saved, productivity is increased and, if your like me, you have more time to do the things you love doing, which ironically includes working on the computer.  Moving your system to a cached SSD powered solution though just makes it all fun again.

The Corsair Accelerator has earned our Editor’s Choice for it’s performance, it’s value and the simple fact that it has the ability to get us days of our lives back each year!

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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. INTRODUCTION SSD caching is…

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  • Crusader

    I’m intrigued. Migration is much easier than transferring OS and programs to a boot SSD drive, but I wonder what happens when things go wrong. The system crashes, power is interrupted at an inconvenient time, etc. Will a cache recover as gracefully as a dedicated SSD boot drive?

    • I thought I might test your theory and crashed my system in the middle of working as Dataplex is still installed. On reboot, it took a few seconds to validate the cache and all was back to normal. Unfortunately, I couldnt take a screen shot to display the procedure.

      • Crusader

        Thanks for the quick input. This may be the way to go. Not quite the performance of a boot drive, but ample for the kind of work I do … photo editing, etc.

      • The Muss

        Stop spreading those “observe, use timer stuff” for boot time. Use the event viewer id 100 for boot time. It’ll tell in extreme precision aka milli seconds

      • Understand your point, however, we like to keep our reviews very easy to understand and feel that the software use has ideal results and presentation for our reviews.

        Thanks for the comment!

      • The Muss

        Hehe, softwares actually use the event viewer’s information. I know there is a program called bootracer. It uses event viewer. What else? Oh there is windows performance tool. It uses event viewer too.

        What I want to tell is don’t be using timers to measure boot and shutdown time. Just in case if you don’t know, take your time and have a look.

      • Somedude

        Sure you didn’t mean to say that the software uses the same performace counters that are used by Event Viewer?

  • GoldenGuy

    Les, do you think that the 30gb give near the same performance?

    What would you chose between the Crucial Adrenaline running in SATA 2 and this one (60gb version)?

    • The Crucial Adrenaline is fully compatible in SATA 2 and both perform to their specs regardless of their size; the difference would be lifespan of the SSD which is still a very long time.

      Still using the Accelerator in my system as I did the Adrenaline…both great caching solutions.

  • Cenarl

    these look great but i wish they came in 128GB for longevity (less writes) and general purpose reasons, for me which is gaming… A few modern day mmos and FPS games would probably eat up 64GB fast

  • jack jack

    Hi Les, just curious, would using a really fast SSD (e.g Intel 520 or something equivalent) and then using the corsair accelerator as a caching solution, drop your boot times further?

    • No that would not occur. The SSD alone will always be faster but we are talking seconds. The fastest full boot I have ever reached was 7 seconds whereas any NVELO caching solution can get to 14 seconds. IMHO, it would not be a financial viable alternative just to grab back those very few seconds.

      AS well, the caching solution alone is not available as its own entity and all instances of caching sales have that software tied into the specific SSD so you could not simply exchange the SSD.

  • jack jack

    Thanks for the reply Les. Wow! A 7 sec boot! That’s pretty amazing. Was it from the time you switched the computer on to usability? What config were you using for that 7 sec boot?

    • Can still be done and it is from the press of the button to desktop usability. Many of done well with our Optimization Guide but, to reach this, maximum optimization is necessary.