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Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD Review

Corsair’s new Force 3 120GB SSD delivers what we would expect from the new Sandforce powered range of drives – class leading performance. We have reviewed many 240GB drives in recent weeks and this is the first 120GB unit we have analysed in our labs. The 120GB size will probably be one of the most popular, thanks to a very competitive retail price.

The latest Sandforce drives are easily the fastest on the market and have no real weaknesses. Sequential performance from the controller is great and the 4k results highlight the difference between this generation and the last.

The main talking point apart from performance, will be the price point, and we think this will sell very well for Corsair. Scan are already taking preorders at £180 inc vat which is going to suit a wider field of enthusiast user. For those with deeper pockets, they are also releasing a 240GB Force 3, but be prepared for a more substantial outlay.

Corsair will also be releasing a new series of drives called the Force GT which will use ONFI synchronous NAND (not async NAND) delivering even greater levels of performance, but with a higher cost overhead.

Pros:

  • strong all round performance
  • excellent pricing
  • ideal for raid 0 – maintaining a sub £400 cost

Cons:

  • none we can think of

Kitguru says: One of the best 120GB SSD’s on the market.

Edit June 2011: KitGuru were one of the first publications to get access to these drives. Since the review went live our unit developed an intermittent fault and we reported it to Corsair. The problems were not isolated and Corsair issued this statement. We are confident if they fix the stability issues that the results we achieved in this review will be accurate.

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Rating: 9.0.

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