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Corsair Force LX 512 GB SSD Review

Overall we are pretty impressed with what the Corsair Force LX 512 GB Solid State Drive has to offer.  In terms of the physical drive itself, it is very similar to other models we have seen in the past.  It feels well put together and the 7 mm form factor means it should be compatible with most laptops.

Even though the Corsair Force LX is one of the lower performance models in Corsair’s range, it still produced pretty impressive performance in our tests.  Like many Solid State Drives in 2014 it is pushing the limits of the SATA3 interface, with sequential transfer speeds in the mid 500 – 600 MB/s range.

IOPS performance was also pretty impressive for a mainstream drive, achieving around 70,000 IOPS in both read and write tests.  The SMI SM2246EN controller proved very capable, dealing well with both compressible and incompressible data.  Unlike some older controllers, this model doesn’t rely on compression to boost transfer rates.

Corsair have a fairly good reputation when it comes to build quality and customer service and offer a reasonable 3-year warranty with this model.  Still, this is nowhere near as impressive as the 10 year warranty which Sandisk offer on some of their latest models.

At £200 from Overclockers UK, the Corsair Force LX 512 GB falls in the lower mid-range of 512 GB drives when it comes to price.  This reflects the performance of the drive well, ensuring it is a good buy.  However, we might be tempted to purchase two of the cheaper (£90) Corsair Force LX 256 GB drives instead to run in a RAID 0 array.  This would save £20 overall and should theoretically offer superior speeds.

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Pros

  • Solid sequential performance.
  • Decent IOPS performance.
  • Attractive casing.

Cons

  • The 256GB model offers more bang for buck.

KitGuru says: An excellent, effectively priced Solid State Drive from Corsair.

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Rating: 8.0.

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