Corsair Force 3 60 GB SSD Review

mithun_mrg

Cyborg Agent
Today I am going to review my 1st SSD Corsair Force 3 60Gb SATA 3 which is based on Sandforce 2200 controller
More info on Sanforce controller can be found here
SandForce - SF-2200/2100

Reasons I choose it over other drives is corsair’s support & the drive also includes mounting Hardware inbox
So lets get into it without wasting any time

Tech Specs(Taken from site)
Warranty-Three years
SSD Unformatted- Capacity60 GB
Max Sequential R/W (ATTO)-540 MB/s sequential read — 490 MB/s sequential write
Max Random- 4k Write (IOMeter 08)80k IOPS (4k aligned)
InterfaceSATA -6Gb/s
Technology-Asynchronous NAND
Form Factor-2.5 inch
DRAM -Cache MemoryNo
Weight-80g
Voltage-5V ±5%
Power Consumption (active)-2.0W Max
Power Consumption (idle/standby/sleep)-0.5W Max
S.M.A.R.T. Support-Yes
Shock-1500 G
MTBF-2,000,000 hours

Test Config
Core i3 530
Msi P55-GD65
Ram-Gskill Ripjaws 4GB
Corsair Force 3 60 GB SSD Updated the Firmwire to 5.03
Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB HDD
WD GREEN -WDC WD10EARS-22Y5B1 1TB HDD

Applied the following Tweaks to OS
1.Disabled Drive Indexing
2. Disabled Disk Defragmenter Schedule & Service.
3.Disabled Pagefile
4.Disabled Hibernation
5.Turned off windows write cache buffer flushing

Followed this guide: The SSD Optimization Guide Redesigned - The SSD Review

Packaging & Installation Images:

Package includes the SSD itself desktop 2.5-3.5 converter & some screws

. by mithun_mrg, on Flickr


Windows Disk Management Screen shot shows 55.9 GB usable

DIsk Man by mithun_mrg, on Flickr


Now lets get on with some Benchmarks

Crystal Disk Mark

Corsair Force3 SSD

SSD Crystal Disk Mark by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Seagate ST31000524AS

Seagate Crystal disk mark by mithun_mrg, on Flickr


Western Digital Green WDC WD10EARS-22Y5B1

WD Green Crystal disk mark by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

ATTO

Corsair Force3 SSD

ssd atto by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Seagate ST31000524AS

Seagate ATTO by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Western Digital Green WDC WD10EARS-22Y5B1

WD Green Crystal disk mark by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

AS SSD

Corsair Force3 SSD

AS SSD SSD by mithun_mrg, on Flickr



Windows Experience Index

Corsair Force3 SSD

Windows Experience Index SSD by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

Seagate ST31000524AS

Windows experience index HDD by mithun_mrg, on Flickr


File copy from HDD to SSD

File copy from HDD to SSD by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

File copy from SSD to HDD

File copy from SSD to HDD by mithun_mrg, on Flickr

File copy from HDD to HDD

Copy HDD TO HDD by mithun_mrg, on Flickr




Pros:
1. Fast Drive Sata 3 6Gb/s
2. Easy Installation(Includes all mounting Hardware including screws)
3. Backed by reliable Corsair’s support & service
4. No moving parts 0 operating sound
5. Very light as compared to Traditional HDD
6. Low power consumption

Cons:
1. High cost per GB
2. Limited Life
3. Limited Utility in general computing
4. Have to do a lot of OS tweaks for optimal performance & Life, So meant for only Enthusiasts


Final words this piece of hardware have visible performance gain in my pc than any other earlier upgrades i had over the years suddenly it seemed like a nitro boost was applied to my pc
The Major benefits were faster boot/shutdown faster application/game loading & also faster file copying installation etc.
But i think the performance of the drive was bottle-necked a little bit by my Motherboard which only supports Sata II 3Gb/s interface it will surely perform a bit more if installed on a SATA 6 Gb/s mode.
 
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