Summary: The Corsair Force 3 is one of the fastest solid state drives we have ever tested here at Pro-Clockers. The use of the SandForce SF-2881 controller is what really helps the Corsair offering to achieve this overwhelming performance goal.
Excerpt: There are so many places where I can start this introduction, I'm not even sure where to start. I am feeling a bit chatty today, so we'll cover it all. You wouldn't accept anything less, I'm sure!
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, the Force F120.
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. However, the SF2281 controller is so powerful that it makes up for the NAND’s shortcomings in most real world scenarios and allows Corsair’s mid-tier drive to really shine.
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
Excerpt: This month Kitguru has been at the forefront of many Solid State Drive reviews including the new models from ADATA and OCZ. Today we are looking at the new model from Corsair, the Force 3 120GB which is set to target a wide audience, offering high levels of SATA III performance for under £200.