Posts Tagged ‘SSD’

Samsung Portable SSD T1 (250GB)

May 19th, 2015 1 comment

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Samsung SSD Portable

The Samsung portable SSD T1 flash drive was announced at CES in January of this year. Described as durable, stylish, and fast, the T1 portable storage device promises a lot and has a premium price to match. I spent a couple of months with it and think it’s one of those really cool devices everyone will want, but might not be able to justify given the high cost.

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Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD (MZ-7PC256N)

May 26th, 2012 No comments

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Samsung 830 Series SSD

Samsung hasn’t really been a big player in the consumer SSD market. Their SSD drives were well-known as reliable drives, but performance wasn’t really a characteristic that’d describe Samsung SSD drives. The 830 Series has changed all that by boosting performance, while still maintaining their reputation as rock-solid drives.

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Corsair Accelerator Series 60GB SSD Cache Drive

April 22nd, 2012 No comments

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Corsair Accelerator SSD

I use SSD drives on all my systems because they make my computers fly––even my 4-year-old Core2 Duo laptop. But I understand that not everyone can justify the cost of an SSD drive, even as SSD drives keep dropping in price. If you’re stuck using your mechanical drive, Corsair has a solution that will make you smile.
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Patriot Memory Pyro SE 240GB SSD

March 3rd, 2012 No comments

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Patriot Pyro SE

Since the introduction of their highly acclaimed, high-performance Wildfire SSD drive, Patriot Memory has been busy filling out their selection of SATA III SSD drives. The original Pyro SSD was released as a value-oriented alternative to the Wildfire. The lower cost of the Pyro was achieved by using asynchronous NAND flash memory. Now, Patriot has released the Pyro SE, which uses the higher-performance, synchronous NAND flash. The Pyro SE settles in, right in between the Wildfire and the Pyro.

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Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD Upgrade Kit (SH100S3B/120G)

February 16th, 2012 No comments

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Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD

SandForce-based SSDs are dominating the SSD market right now, because of their terrific read/write performance. Buggy firmware in the early-going, gave a lot of SSD manufacturers, big-time PR headaches. The good news is, SandForce seems to have finally remedied the bugs that reacquainted a lot of Windows users with the blue screen of death (BSOD).
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Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD

January 2nd, 2012 1 comment

Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD

Corsair’s Force 3 series SSD drives are enthusiast-grade solid-state drives, with advertised maximum sequential read/write speeds of 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write. While prices of SSD drives have been steadily declining, mechanical drives have started going up due to the flood in Thailand. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your storage, now might be a good time to consider the Corsair Force 3 SSD for your system.


  • Rock-solid stability
  • Fast performance
  • Good capacity for notebooks
  • Super simple to install
  • Includes 3.5-inch adapter for desktops


  • Firmware utility only supported in Windows

Corsair Force 3 box

Installation of the Force 3 on most laptops should be a breeze. Desktops are also a piece of cake because Corsair includes a 3.5-inch adapter––something not all manufacturers do.

Corsair Force 3 unboxed

The Force 3 Series SSDs support SATA III (6Gb/s) connections and are backwards compatible with SATA I/II. They’re also based on SandForce controllers and offer up quite a performance boost. The first benchmark I ran was ATTO benchmark. The transfer rates I got were slightly better than advertised.

ATTO Disk Benchmark max transfer rate

Unsurprisingly, the results from both CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD Benchmark were significantly lower because those benchmarks use incompressible data to test transfer rates. SSD drives that use asynchronous NAND flash, like the Corsair Force 3, don’t perform as well on incompressible data. Though the Force 3’s transfer rates are lower with incompressible data, keep in mind that in the real world, most people won’t ever notice a difference. Put it this way: asynchronous NAND SSD drives are still about three times faster than 7200RPM mechanical drives with incompressible data and over six times faster with compressible data.

Corsair Force 3 SSD drive

SandForce-based SSDs performed extremely well from the get go. Unfortunately, there were some bugs early on that caused instability in SSD drives that used the SandForce controllers, which was practically everybody.

I’ve had the Corsair Force 3 running in my primary system for over two months now, and have not experienced a single stutter, hang, crash or blue screen. I also haven’t experienced any issues waking up from a sleep state or hibernation. The drive I received had firmware version 1.2.

SandForce recently sent out updated firmware code to manufacturers, claiming they had fixed the bugs causing the instability in a lot of SandForce SSD drives. Corsair integrated those fixes into firmware 1.3.3, but I want to stress that even before firmware 1.3.3, the Force 3 did not exhibit any stability issues for me. The Force 3 has been very reliable during the course of my evaluation.

Corsair Force 3 SSD ports


Form Factor 2.5-inch
Unformatted capacity 240GB
Controller SandForce SF-2281
Storage technology Asynchronous NAND
Interface SATA III (backwards compatible w/SATA I & II)
Sequential Read Up to 550MB/s
Sequential Write Up to 520MB/s
Max Random Write IOPS Up to 85,000 (4K aligned)
MTBF 2 million hours
Warranty 3 years

The Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD is a great solution if you need a high-performance drive but want to save a few bucks for other system upgrades. The benefits of SSD drives include incredible performance gains, low power consumption, quiet operation and fast boot and shutdown times. 240GB (223GB formatted) is a nice size for single-drive notebooks or for desktop users who want to use it as a boot drive with lots of applications. Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the Corsair Force 3 SSD.

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Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB SSD

November 15th, 2011 2 comments

Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB SSD

Patriot Memory has been making memory modules and flash memory products since 1985, the year after the Detroit Tigers last won a World Series title. Building on their flash memory expertise, Patriot added solid state drives (SSD) to their line of products. In June of this year, Patriot released their fastest SSD ever––the Wildfire. Just a couple of months later, Patriot announced the Pyro, their consumer-level, high-performance solution.
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