Corsair Force 3 

Released May, 2011
  • 240 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
5.6 Out of 10

Where we really see the difference in performance is on incompressible data which was clearly reflected on the benchmarks and real world tests.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
It seems like yesterday that we got our first SF-2200 drive in our hands and we were amazed by the incredible performance it brought together with the SATA III interface.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the Corsair Force 3

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Force 3
5.4
840 Pro
6.8
Neutron
6.3
4K Random Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Force 3
5.2
840 Pro
7.0
Neutron
5.9
4K Random Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Force 3
5.2
840 Pro
6.3
Neutron
6.2
AS SSD ISO Copy

Benchmarks

How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Force 3
6.7
840 Pro
8.2
Neutron
8.0
AS SSD Score and Tom's Hardware Storage Bench

5.6

SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Force 3
5.6
840 Pro
7.1
Neutron
6.6

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Corsair Force 3

4K Random Read

Force 3
67.81 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
840 Pro
311.34 MB/s

4K Random Write

Force 3
11.74 MB/s
840 Pro
130.58 MB/s
840 EVO
106.65 MB/s

Reviews Word on the street for the Corsair Force 3


8.0
Just like the OCZ Agility 3, which also uses asynchronous NAND, the Force's 3 claimed sequential performance is likely to drop significantly when handling incompressible data.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

The GT is the flagship for the Force series and has the performance to back it up - but the non-GT is no slouch.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
Benchmark Results: The graph shows the increase in performance as compressibility of data increases.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
The drive block size is 512kb so it should give a very good indication of peak performance.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Speed

Legit Bottom Line: While the GT version is a faster overall drive, the Force 3 120 GB drive is a solid offering from Corsair and at a price that is hard to beat.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
Benchmark Results: The Force 3 120 GB trails the fastest drives ever so slightly on this particular benchmark but for all intents and purposes they are equal as the end user would never be able to notice the difference.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
The GT is the faster version of the Force 3 SSD and gives us a natural comparison that will show the difference between asynchronous and synchronous NAND - the real difference in hardware between the two lines.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Price

Until then, the number of available drives will increase and that should help drop the prices down as long as the price of NAND flash doesn't start to increase.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
As far as comparisons to competitor drives, $1.61 per usable GB is a very good price and below where we see most of the other similarly equipped drives.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
In terms of pricing, each drive has been out on the market a bit so the prices have settled some.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Interface

The Force 3 SSD from Corsair is the third generation of the Force series and the first time they've featured the SandForce SF-2200 controller and the SATA III interface.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 240 GB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 2281
Memory type MLC

manufacturer performance

MTBF 1,000,000 hours

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Thickness 7 mm
Weight 80 g
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