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
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.
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.
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.
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.
||SATA III (backwards compatible w/SATA I & II)
||Up to 550MB/s
||Up to 520MB/s
|Max Random Write IOPS
||Up to 85,000 (4K aligned)
||2 million hours
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.
Available from Amazon.com.
Review unit provided by Corsair