We have already known that the Indilinx Barefoot controller is where the value, performance and capacity can be found at a great price and now we are starting to see these products coming in at an even better value. At less than 350 USD for a 128GB drive I still feel this is true and even more so with the new price adjustment. This is not Corsair's first run with an Indilinx product either; just last year Corsair launched their Extreme Series of drives that used an earlier revision of the controller. With the Force Series taking over the flagship status it wouldn't make sense for Corsair to keep the same Extreme name plate for their Indilinx product and technically the Nova is different since it uses the new ECO controller. Still, the Nova provides 2009's Extreme performance, but now at a new lower cost.
Looking back at other enthusiast class storage products that fell into the 300 - 350 USD range, I found quite a few. At one point 1TB and 2GB drives were in this range and who could forget all of those Western Digital Raptor products that were launched at 299.99 USD? For many enthusiasts who have been sitting on the bench when it comes to solid state technology, the price per gigabyte has been an issue. With Windows Vista and 7 taking up considerably more room than say, Windows XP, a 32 and 64GB drive really would not due now that we have massive operating systems and games shipping on multiple DVDs. I think 128GB capacity for 300 USD is going to be a number that will make swallowing the SSD pill a little easier.
Most of these users have yet to actually test an SSD; if this sounds like you then it is time to get off the bench and see what all the fuss is about. It is one thing for me or your buddies to talk about boot times, megabytes per second or tell you that an SSD upgrade is the most cost efficient way to improve your computers performance. But this is something that you really have to see for yourself. It is not like I can go house to house and show you. Maybe if you take your current machine and install Windows on an old Maxtor 200GB HDD and try to use it for a week you will know, because that is what it is like going from an Indilinx SSD back to a Western Digital VelociRaptor.
Yes, I guess I am ringing the SSD bells here for all to hear, but tonight I had to work on a friends computer that I built for him just one year ago. He is a professional motorcycle racer and spared no expense to put together a flight simulator system, but he just couldn't justify the money for an array of SSDs for the amount of storage he needed for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Even with a VelociRaptor array the system had me wondering just how the heck anyone could use this machine without pulling hair out. Even with his wife's Facebook viruses removed, the system just didn't perform as well as my three year old notebook with a Barefoot controlled drive in it.
After spending a few minutes on my notebook, guess who is ready to order a few solid state drives? The time just seems to be right for those holding off for a lower cost per GB to get in the action.