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Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Closer look
  4. Test Bench and Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmark (Pass 3)
  6. ATTO (Pass 3) Benchmark
  7. AIDA 64 Access Test
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. TRIM Test
  10. CrystalDiskMark Benchmark
  11. HD Tune Pro Benchmark
  12. PC Mark Vantage x64 HDD Benchmark
  13. PC Mark 7 HDD Benchmark
  14. Anvil SSD Benchmark
  15. Conclusion

In one corner we have the mechanical storage drive industry becoming smaller- especially now that Seagate has completed acquiring LaCie. But its the opposite that’s going on in the SSD Market. It still does need to catch up on higher storage space with significantly lesser price and at least 5 years warranty period to welcome the change by the mass. Corsair is one of them. In the past 6-8 months, an SSD drive like Force GT/HyperX 120GB that once used to use Rs. 14,000- Rs. 15,000 has significantly dropped down well below Rs. 9,000. But on top of that, Corsair- like other fellow SSD manufacturers have to keep up the pace against Solid State manufacturers from Intel, Samsung, OCZ, SanDisk, Kingston, Crucial …. and the list goes on!

Corsair Force GS has something different inside. Powered by SandForce SF2281VB1 controller and surprise surprise!!!! It uses SanDisk 24nm MLC SDZNPQBHER-016GT Toggle-mode flash NAND. According to Toshiba, Toggle-mode flash allows higher density, lower power consumption and quicker compared to synchronous and asynchronous FLASH NAND.

Well, to put it in place, Corsair Force GS’s review was kept on hold for so long because of the firmware. During testing and multiple passes of the benchmarks, it was found that the performance was decreasing everytime the benchmarking software created a test file during testing. I ran the PC Mark Vantage runs with clean, 50% fill, 75% fill and then empty drive left to idle for 1 hour- the Vantage scores were pretty much in the middle of what 50% and 75% had. It was a major let down because of HyperX, HyperX 3K, Force 3 GT never had these issues, but those drives came with older than 5.02 firmware and TRIM worked.

Kingston was one of the first to provide a 5.03 firmware and after some days (a day from the time of publishing this review) Corsair followed suit and posted the update in the forums. However, LSI has taken their sweet time to release the newer firmware. I hope that newer drives with SandForce controllers- irrespective of the brand/series- come with 5.03 firmware. If not, flash it. Do follow the instructions, especially the PDF file provided with the firmware.

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