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Written by Austin Downing - Edited by Allison Downing and Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSD
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Corsair Reactor R60
JMF612 Detailed Features
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Benchmark
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
IOmeter Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Corsair Reactor R60 SSD Review

The Corsair Reactor SSD is poised to be set into a very crowded section of the market. Priced in the $130 range, it has to compete with the likes of the OCZ Agility, Vertex, and even others within the Corsair Extreme Series. Using the JMF612 controller from JMicron with 128MB of DDR2 for stutter free performance, the Corsair Reactor CSSD-R60GB2-BRKT is built to right all of the wrongs from the original JMF601 and JMF602 controllers.

The Corsair Reactor R60 is able to perform well in its price range with 250MB/s sequential read speed and a 110MB/s sequential write. The big question is does it suffer the same stuttering issues as the original drives with JMicron controllers? Hopefully, the 128MB of DDR2 cache will help, but only thorough testing will actually show if this major problem has finally been overcome.

Although only acting as a major player in the enthusiast market for a couple of years, the SSD storage device has really changed the way people have looked at computing. Boot times of 10-15 seconds or less are realistic. Now SSD's are finally starting to enter mainstream, and Corsair is attempting to capture the market with its well priced Reactor Series.

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Why Use a Solid State Drive?

Computers have quickly become more and more powerful with CPU's growing ability to perform more than 100Gflop/s and GPU's speeding past the 2Tflop/s range. On the other hand, traditional storage has become larger but not enough to compete up with the speeds of other technologies. The reason for this is that traditional spinning disc storage still relies on physical media, and because physical media uses a moving head to read and write, speed is lost.

Where the SSD really stands out is the access times and I/O performance. Hard Drives areal density has been increasing which does help with sequential read and write, but random speeds, access times, and I/O performance are still incredibly slow. The sequential read speeds of even the fastest 15,000 RPM hard disk maxes out at 195MBp/s. A 15,000 RPM hard disk is only looking at an average of 356 I/O operations per second with a access time of 5.6 ms. Compare these with some of the best SSD which can do upwards of 50,000 I/O operation per second with a access time under 0.1 ms.

About Corsair Memory, Inc.

Founded in 1994, Corsair specializes in premium, high-performance peripherals and components for personal computers. Corsair's award-winning products are the delight of the world's most demanding hardware enthusiasts.

Corsair has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed modules since 1994. Our focus has always been on supporting the special demands of mission-critical servers and high-end workstations, as well as the performance demands of extreme gamers. While maintaining this core focus, in recent years, we've also brought our expertise, technology leadership and legendary quality and reliability to memory and other technology products for the more mainstream consumer.

With more high-speed experience than anyone in the industry, we know the importance of design features like tightly-controlled trace lengths, controlled impedances, clock trace design, unbroken power and ground planes, and selectively plated gold. Corsair has developed an industry-wide reputation for quality, compatibility and performance.



 

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# RE: Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSDServando Silva 2010-06-30 20:46
Hi Austin, good review. Unluckily for Corsair, I never consider their SSDs as a good option because their drives don't match the price and/or performance of the competition.
On the Cons you mentioned low 4k speed, and I think for whoever wants to buy a SSD for OS, 4k read/write performance is the key to achieve better speeds.
At the value, you gave a 6.0, but in the conclusions it says it has a pretty good entry cost. Shouldn't the BIOS and performance issues affect directly on the performance and functionality scores? Or why did you put a 6 on value?
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# RE: Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSDAustin Downing 2010-06-30 21:20
I took into consider the issues in almost all of the points. I feel that as customers buy this drive for storage of OS and most likely important files (although you should always have a backup) that the value of the drive is greatly diminished if it cannot do that function regardless of speed.
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# RE: Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSDtuleggi 2010-07-01 00:55
Hello, nice review as usual!
May I recommend you also test both the OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) and the Vertex 2 ?
thanks
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# RE: RE: Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSDOlin Coles 2010-07-02 06:29
This was Austin's project, but I am presently testing the 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD.
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# RE: RE: RE: Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSDtuleggi 2010-07-04 12:56
Fantastic!
if it is not asking too much could you also test in parallel the Vertex LE (Limited Edition)?
This because there are many confusion around the web and although they seems to perform similar it would be nice for the customer to understand which one of these two is the fastest!
I trust Benchmarkreviews!!
thanks!
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# Controller Raid ?!?!Federico La Morgia 2010-07-01 01:02
But some of you know good Raid controller optimized for SSD and Trim commands similar to the SSD or not to spoil them in time??
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# Jim SJ Simmons 2010-07-01 05:17
Hmmm.. The purpose of a disk drive is to reliably store and retrieve data. If it corrupts data, it fails on its fundamental purpose. WHo cares about performance at that point. I'd have had a difficult time giving the drive a score any higher than a 1 unless the eval unit was defective out of the box.
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# Ehm...Chris B. 2010-07-01 09:06
Page 10 of 11 needs some serious editing... :(

Also.... a hard drive that corrupts your data? How does that deserve a 7? Did you contact Corsair about that? What did they say?
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# RE:EhmAustin Downing 2010-07-01 11:00
I did and it was replaced, my secondary drive as of now has not had the errors, but only time will tell if this drive also has problems. I feel that give a drive a completely terrible rating based on one personally experience is bad, but that the issues should be known and taken into consideration. I plan to keep updates going if further problems are found but for now this drive seems to be doing well, although I continue to have occasional BIOS problems.
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# RE: Corsair Reactor R60 JMicron JMF612 SSDOliver H. 2010-10-02 01:10
7 Points - A bad joke.

The Corsair Reactor R60 SSD is definitely unable to work in a professional environment. I had one and only got problems with the non-detection by BIOS after reboot bug. After readings this article, i know that i had the data destruction, too. I didn´t recognized it, i always thought the errors i got were Windows or Software bugs. An ureliable hard drive is a piece of very expensive junk.

A rating of 0-1 would be adequate, until Corsair admits the bugs and fix them with a firmware update or callback of the defective drives.
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