Reviews and Problems with Corsair Force Series (CSSD-FxxxGBP2-BRKT/CSSD-FxxxGB2-BRKT)
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Corsair Force LS 240GB SSD Review
The Guru of 3D
16 October 2013
Summary: The Force LS series is interesting in many ways. It is an affordable SSD series, it's isn't slow, it isn't the fastest SSD on the block either. However the Phison controller used in combo with the 19nm toggle NAND did surprise me as the package combined results in a SSD that can keep up very well with LSI and Marvell based products. We've seen no oddities and overall the SSD is performing pretty nice.
The Force LS kicks ass at sustained and linear read/writes.
Summary: Corsair's Neutron Series has already demonstrated that not every decently performing SSD must use a SandForce controller. Their new Force LS is based on a Phison PS3108 controller performing decently enough to compete with all but the latest high-end drives. Compared to a typical high-end SandForce drive, we see the Force LS about 5% behind, and older drives, like the Intel 510, OCZ Agility 3, and Crucial M4, are up to 6% slower than the Force LS.
Pros: Solid performance, Good MySQL enterprise 48 threads results, 7.5 mm thin—Ultrabook compatible, Supports TRIM, 3-year warranty
Cons: Not available in the US, More expensive than comparable drives, Not as fast as other high-end drives (which are more expensive, though)
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.
Excerpt: Corsair’s Force GT comes in a bright red chassis, which by Ork logic (in the Warhammer 40K universe) would make it the fastest SSD ever. So is it? The Force GT consists of a 6Gb/s SATA bus, SF-2281 controller, and 16 64Gb Micron 25nm synchronous NAND modules (as opposed to the eight 128Gb modules on the Patriot Wildfire). This is the same Micron NAND found in the 240GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, except that drive had 128Gb modules instead of 64Gb.
Pros: Most benchmarks put it right at the top; pretty red color.
Cons: Write speeds (and write-dependent tests) lag behind peers.
Excerpt: Corsair has a pedigree that few other manufacturers can rival. Its products have always been associated with quality, and for the most part this reputation has been well earned. Today we are looking at the Force 120; not Corsairs flagship SSD but......
Pros: - Well balanced performance, - A decent bundle of accessories, - Competitive pricing
Cons: - The OCZ vertex 3 is quicker still, - slower in sequential reads/writes than some
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.
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.
Excerpt: Ultra affordable (AKA Ultra Small Capacity) drives have been the odd bird in the SSD world. Intel and Kingston have both been somewhat successful developing drives in this category, but I have done my best to steer clear from this market altogether. That changed when Corsair sent over their new 40GB Force Series drive and with one knock on the door I was tossed into a market that I have no business pretending to know about.
Corsair Force Series F120 120GB Solid State Drive Review
24 August 2010
Summary: Final Thoughts
When I received this drive I expected it to be much like the
F100 we reviewed back in June
, but this drive not only performs better it also gives you an extra 20GB of space! You may not thing that 20GB is that much extra space but think of how many images or MP3’s take up 20GB of space. The 20GB of extra space really is nice and as I said in our testing the F120 did perform better.
Pros: 284MB/s read and 274MB/s write in ATTO, Best write scored in HDTune for a SandForcebased drive, Included mounting bracket, 3year warranty
Excerpt: Man, we are all about SandForce these days. The controller company burst out of stealth mode early this year, and proceeded to rock our socks with every drive that uses its SF-1200 firmware. The Corsair Force F100, like all drives of its ilk, relies on commodity NAND and the rock-solid SandForce SF-1200 controller, which eschews DRAM cache entirely in favor of not sucking.
Pros: Solid SandForce performance, great random IOPS.