Corsair Force GT SATA 6Gb/s 120GB Reviewtacohunter52 - July 20, 2011
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The Corsair Force GT is enclosed in a plastic and metal chassis of a uniquely bright, Ferrari red color. Similar to the external packaging, the Corsair and Force GT logos are located on the top of the drive. Additionally, we can see the drive's storage capacity and part number (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK PK1). Flipping the drive over, the black backside and the SATA III connector are revealed. Unlike other SSDs, the Force GT's PCB is held in place by four screws and two plastic nubs. These screws aren't necessary to secure the PCB in place, though it displays the excellent build quality that Corsair puts into its products.
The Force GT's PCB is equipped with sixteen 25nm Micron synchronous NAND flash memory modules. Synchronous memory should allow the Force GT Series drives to perform better than those in the standard Corsair Force Series, which use asynchronous memory. There are eight modules on each side of the PCB – each module containing 8GB. For those who are counting, this 120GB drive has a total of capacity of 128GB. That being said, the extra 8GB of memory are not available for storage, as they are intended for over-provisioning, wear levelling, and defective cell replacement. The Force GT is connected to the rest of your hardware via the SATA III 6GB/s connector and SATA power connector – these can be found at the edge of the PCB.
The Force GT gets its speed from Sandforce’s new 2281 8-channel controller. It is equipped with connectivity support for SATA III 6GB/s, Windows 7 TRIM, and Duraclass technology, for improved security.
From first impressions, this drive looks to be a beast in terms of speed. However, we cannot tell for sure without actually putting the drive through our performance tests. So without further delay, let's go into high gear and find out just how fast the Force GT can go!