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Corsair Force GT SATA 6Gb/s 120GB Review

tacohunter52    -   July 20, 2011
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Price: $289
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Introduction:

Let's talk about cars for a moment. While some simply buy and drive them, there are some who wish they could own even the most expensive models. Why? In some cases, they may bring unique aesthetics or a sense of luxury. Much of the time, however, the more expensive cars have an unparalleled potential for pure speed. Who wouldn't want to sit in a Lamborghini Diablo GT on an empty road and drive at double the speed limit? I know I would! Keep in mind that I chose the Diablo GT not only because it is an exotic car, but for the reason that it is one of the few cars with the "GT" in its name – only some of the fastest cars in the world share this moniker. Thus when you hear someone mention the Corsair Force GT, you should automatically know that this is not your average SSD. Equipped with the new Sandforce 2281 controller and SATA III 6Gb/s interface, this drive is sure to be blazing fast! Having I/O speeds rated up to 85,000 IOPS, read speeds up to 555Mb/s, and sequential write speeds up to 515Mb/s, this drive is definitely a "Force" to be reckoned with. Currently, there are three models available in the Corsair Force GT Series; 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB. Today, we will be taking a detailed look at the 120GB model. Can this drive take the top spot on our charts? Let’s buckle up and find out!

Closer Look:

Taking a look at the front of the packaging, we get a good glimpse of the drive's physical appearance. Located on the top corner and the right side is the Corsair logo and the Force GT branding, respectively. There is also information such as the 555Mb/s read speed and 515Mb/s write speed. The drive's 120GB capacity and SATA III interface specifications are also listed on the front of the packaging. On the back, there is a quick debriefing as to the Force GT’s capabilities at giving your system a performance boost. It also highlights the included 3.5" adapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Removing the contents of the packaging, the Corsair Force GT is revealed to be fit nicely in a plastic clamshell container. It is also accompanied by a 2.5” to 3.5" adapter and two packages of screws – they are used to mount the SSD into the adapter and then into a 3.5” hard drive slot for installation into a chassis.

 

 

Now that we've seen the Force GT's packaging and accessories, let's take a closer look at the drive itself.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HD Tune
  6. Testing: HD Tach , SiSoft Sandra 2011
  7. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: IO Meter
  11. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Windows Startup & Shutdown
  13. Conclusion
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