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Corsair Accelerator Series 60GB Cache Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Internal Impressions
  4. Installation and End-User Experience
  5. Test Setup and Benchmark
  6. Conclusion
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It gives me great pleasure and a relief to mention this every time I put up a review because it is a hard fact. In a country where you get minimum hardware support from the manufacturers to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers, its some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and now Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached.
I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply

 

Test Setup for: Corsair Accelerator 60GB SSD Cache Drive SATA II
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE (Cooled with Thermaltake Big Typhoon)
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive Western Digital 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB + Corsair Accelerator 60GB SSD Cache
Power Supply Coolermaster GX450
Chassis
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64Bit

Since this is a Cache drive, there was no point in comparing it with all drives. So what I’ve done is I’ve run the fresh benchmark using Western Digital’s 3000HLFS Velociraptor 10K RPM SATAII Hardware and then ran a benchmark with Dataplex and the Cache drive installed. Also, do note that for both the drives, SATAII cables were used throughout the test on the Native SATA III Ports. Tested with Dataplex Version 1.1.3.3 drivers.

Boot Load TestCorsair Accelerator 60GB Boot Load Test

There’s a very noticeable difference with and without the Cache SSD.

Corsair Accelerator 60GB CrystalDisk Mark ReadCorsair Accelerator 60GB CrystalDisk Mark Write

There’s a significant boot in 512K, 4K and 4k Queue Depths of 32bit in Crystal Disk Benchmark.

Corsair Accelerator 60GB 8MB Read ATTOCorsair Accelerator 60GB 8MB Write ATTO

Seeing the blue lines ripping way more than half Read and Write test over 300GB Velociraptor, it is obvious that this gives a great to your existing mechanical hard drive as long as it works. For some reason, it has issues between transfer file size of 1 and 16MB.

It’s a shame that the drive has serious issues when it crashes when you’re using them in real life. PC Mark 7 secondary storage made a score of 2108 without the SSD Cache and made a score of 2211 with SSD Caching.

3 comments

  1. people should stick to buying a SSD desktop upgrade kit like how corsair and Kingston has rather than making a fuzz and buying this. this drive would have made sense 1 year ago but now its not. samsung 830 is the best pick considering that people have their success stories with these drives.

  2. So Read part of caching works just like momentus XT yes? But what I don’t understand is why doesn’t the software lets you cache in multiboot since its far more than 8MB of flash nand?

  3. yeah the software has that “DLC” type annoying part. I am paying for a product, I want that freedom, not restriction.

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