REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Corsair Accelerator series of SSD cache drives are clearly designed for those who want a no-hassle performance upgrade to their existing system. It comprises a perfect solution for the non-technical, mainly due to the one-step installation and ability to function with an existing OS drive, negating reinstallation/reformatting. For the enthusiasts however, there are better offerings, as the nature of the cache SSD and the NVELO software contain restrictions that impede on the overall appeal of the Accelerator.
The primary drawback of the Accelerator is its interface. Corsair should have implemented SATA 3.0 instead of SATA 2.0 for increased speeds and arming the consumer with a future-proof drive. Dataplex, aside from its DRM-like policies, still needs fine-tuning, as the current firmware for the Accelerator does not support caching of RAID or multiple independent drives. Hard-drives 2TB and larger are left in the dust as well. Adding cache support for more than one drive would certainly increase the overall attraction of the SSD.
Performance, while not on par with a normal SSD, is still pretty substantial to say the least. While slightly slower than the 45GB and 60GB, the 30GB Accelerator still posts exceptional numbers. For the average user utilizing a normal hard-drive, the difference will be like night-and-day.
To wrap things up, it is difficult not to recommend the Corsair Accelerator. For the $60 price tag, there are a bunch of features that are unique to it, but also trade-offs that hinder it. Hardware aside, NVELO is currently developing newer, more capable versions of Dataplex, so the long-term software support is there, backed by a three-year warranty.
If you are looking to extend the life of your rig and exponentially boost its performance without having to tamper with your existing set-up, then the Corsair Accelerator is right up your alley!