Excerpt: Over the last couple of weeks we've seen some pretty amazing SSDs. You know when you are doing one thing, but really want to work on something else? That is what I've been going through these last couple of weeks. The reason why is because Corsair has taken another approach in order to achieve modest performance improvements.
Excerpt: In continuing our series of SSD reviews, we're looking at a drive from Corsair, the 180GB Force Series GT. As our last reviews were of drives in the 240-256GB range, we asked Corsair for some of their drives in the same range. But alas, their marketing team didn't have any in stock, but they did have a 180GB drive available for us to test.
Corsair Force Series 3 and Force Series GT SSD Full Review
3 February 2012
Excerpt: A couple of days ago we looked at a pair of SSD's from Patriot. Next up is a pair of SSD's from Corsair. These are another two SandForce controlled units, but this time it's Async IMFT flash vs. Sync IMFT flash: I noted their 480GB* models are listed as having the same high IOPS specs, which we figure must be a misprint since *any* SandForce 2281 SSD with a capacity greater than 256GB will see a dip in 4K IOPS performance.
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.
Excerpt: A few months back, we rounded up a half dozen SATA III solid state drives in this article . In that showdown, we had drives based on SandForceSF-2200 series and Marvell controllers represented, with both synchronous and asynchronous memory types. We ultimately found the SandForce -based drives when paired to synchronous NAND flash memory offered the best all-around performance, but they were also the most expensive.
Pros: Strong performance, Competitive price, Good warranty
Cons: Still pricey, Somewhat inconsistent performance w/ compressible / incompressible data
Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review
7 September 2011
Summary: Final Thoughts
Corsair has really pulled out all of the stops with this drive. It really earns the its “GT” name. It is the single fastest drive we have tested in ATTO with a read score of 557MB/s. Also it performs right up to the advertised 85K IOPS, in our testing we scored 84K IOPS, which is very close. This drive performed right up to specifications in all aspects read, write and IOPS.
Pros: Single fastest drive we have tested, 85K IOPS, 3 year warranty, Awesome red color
Conclusion: We've witnessed a surge of second-generation SandForce SSDs in recent months, but it's clear that the recipe behind these high-performance drives isn't derived from a single set of ingredients. While an identical SF-2281 controller acts as the central brain of many a drive, manufacturers are partnering the chip with varying flavours of NAND flash memory - and the results are more varied in both price and performance than we'd anticipated.