Reviews and Problems with Corsair Force Series (CSSD-FxxxGBP2-BRKT/CSSD-FxxxGB2-BRKT)
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Corsair Force GS 240 GB review: SandForce meets Sandisk
27 August 2012
Excerpt: Since a few months back most SandForce-based SSDs come with the latest generation firmware, version 5.0. In addition to better performance, the new firmware also supports new types of flash chips, including the 24nm ToggleFlash chips from the new joint factory of Sandisk and Toshiba. That was reason enough for Corsair to introduce a new series of SSDs, called the Force GS. We tested the 240 GB model.
Excerpt: Last week we took an in-depth look at the Corsair Force Series GT 180GB SSD and found a nice surprise under the top, a SandForce SF-2282 controller. The SF-2282 is a fairly rare piece of silicon to find in consumer SSDs. It allows SSD manufactures to connect up to 32 NAND flash chips to the controller. The more common SF-2281 controller found on most Team SandForce drives can only communicate with up to 16.
Conclusion: The Force Series 3 model also performs well, easily meeting the advertised speeds as well as regularly edging ahead of its nearest competitor the Agility 3. As this is Sandforce drive we also need to note that the random stutters which have been noted by some users on other drives were not present on this model during our testing, it offered a flawless experience throughout.
Excerpt: If you want the fastest solid-state drive on the market, the Corsair Force Series GS should be your first choice. Powered by a SandForce controller with toggle NAND flash component technology, this SATA III solid-state drive performs at exceptionally high speeds and allows you instant access to all of your data. It is also extremely reliable and, like all solid-state drives, highly unlikely to malfunction due to electrical or mechanical failure.
Pros: This solid-state drive has a great life expectancy and several capacity options.
Cons: Many of Corsair's help and support options are limited to registered users.
Excerpt: A few months ago we told you about solid state drive manufacturers playing with the number of channels and flash modules on SandForce SF-1200 controllers to achieve new capacity variations. The first round of products with the new configurations were 40GB drives. Corsair has a new configuration that increases the capacity to 90GB and also retains the high IOPS programming that keeps transactions rates high.
Conclusion: The Force series drives from Corsair are comparable to most other SF1200 controller SSDs on the market. They do perform slightly lower in read and write sustained speeds than the “standard” 285/275. The units tested are the smallest drives in the series at only 40GB, and normally the smaller the flash, the slower it performs due to number of connections. These drives ignore that standard and push near the same speeds as their larger brethren – most impressive!
Summary: The performance of Corsair’s Force Series Solid-State Drives is absolutely amazing. Matching a good SSD with your powerful rig really shows off just how fast a computer can be. While 40GB is enough to install Windows 7 and many applications, you still have to make some compromises. Users with small SSDs who want to boot from them will find themselves moving their User folders, virtual memory, and other operating files to a magnetic drive.
Summary: Corsair's Force F40 drive sits at the lower spectrum of the SSD capacity carousel. With just 40 GB, the drives most probable use will be as a fast operating system boot drive with a couple of applications on it. With recent games taking up up to 10 GB of space there may even be some capacity left for one title that you are currently playing but that's it.
Pros: Low price, Good performance, Supports TRIM, 3 Year warranty, Nice looking, rugged metal case
Cons: Limited capacity, Price difference to bigger drives (50 / 60 GB) is small, Real-life performance not as impressive as synthetic, Lower performance than other Sandforce drives
Corsair Force Series F80 SSD: to RAID or not to RAID?
10 September 2010
Conclusion: If you've got £175 to spend, it's hard to ignore the impressive performance of Corsair's F80 drive. But that's a big if, as the majority of consumers are likely to be put off by a cost of over £2 per gigabyte. And, if performance isn't paramount, there are immediate alternatives; other 80GB SSDs can be had for under £160 and a variety of quick 64GB models are now available at around the £100 mark.