Reviews and Problems with Corsair Force Series 3 (CSSD-F60GB3-BK/CSSD-F90GB3-BK/CSSD-F120GB3-BK/CSSD-F180GB3-BK/CSSD-F240GB3-BK/CSSD-F480GB3-BK)
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Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD Upgrade Kit
6 July 2012
Excerpt: We are going to walk you through the installation of the drive into an aging Sony VPCF111FX. Hopefully this will allow us to keep the unit around a little longer. Or until the twins get old enough to pound away on the keys of it.
Corsair Force GT Series 240 GB and Corsair Force 3 Series 240 GB Solid State Drives Review
6 December 2011
Summary: We have recently received two more SSD drives from Corsair based on the second generation SandForce controller. Let’s check out their performance and also investigate how SSD speed scales depending on their storage capacity.
Corsair Force 3 120GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD (CSSD-F120GB3-BK) Review
20 September 2011
Excerpt: We’ve seen Kingston’s 12Gig SSD drive the last time but there wasn’t any 120gig SSD drive with SATA 6Gb/s to compare it with- until now. Powered by Sandforce SF-2281 controller and Micron 29F64G08CBAAA Flash NAND, let’s see how where she stands.
Excerpt: Corsair’s latest solid state drive, called Force Series 3 (or Force 3), is based on a new SandForce controller connected and connected through the speedy SATA III port. This controller is used in many other solid state drives but Corsair is also banking on consumers buying their offering based on...
Conclusion: Corsair's 120GB Force Series 3 is one of the quickest SSDs available for under £170. Armed with a cutting-edge SandForce SF-2281 processor, it delivers excellent real-world performance when hooked up to a SATA 6Gbps interface, while keeping pricing in line with its previous-generation predecessor,...
Summary: Whatever SATA 3 based product is being thrown at us, we seem to be impressed with. And you know, it's just that we are not used to seeing such incredible speeds as we've been in that SATA 2 HDD domain for way too long.
Conclusion: On paper, the Force Series 3 120GB looks to be fighting an uphill battle in against some competing drives. It uses NAND built to an older ONFi standard populating its channels which leads to synthetic and real world numbers that will likely fail to impress anyone who wants cutting edge performance.
Cons: :, - ONFi 1.0 NAND does limit the performance, - “Maximum” specifications for this drive paint an incorrect picture of its real world performance, - Lowered performance compared to most other SF2281 based drives, - Large performance variance from test to test