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    Default Corsair Force 3 60GB [small review]

    Corsair Force 3 60GB SATA III SandForce SF-2281 SSD Review

    Few hours ago I received my new Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD, so I've decided to write a small review on it which might help other BG members to choose it.

    Introduction

    The Corsair Force 3 60GB drive is a 3rd generation SSD that offers high performance for a relatively low price. The Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD is equipped with a 2nd generation Sandforce SF-2281 controller paired with Asynchronous NAND technology, allowing it to reach 550 MB/s sequential read and 490 MB/s sequential write speeds. The Corsair Force 3 series of SSDs also come in 90GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB configurations, depending on the user's budget and needs. These Force 3 SSDs are designed for performance and reliability, operating on SATA 3 6Gb/s transfer rates, and are Windows 7 TRIM capable.

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    Specifications and Features


    Warranty Three years
    SSD Unformatted Capacity 60 GB
    Max Sequential Read/Write (using ATTO Disk Benchmark) 550 MB/s sequential read — 490 MB/s sequential write
    Max Random 4k Write (using IOMeter 08) 80k IOPS (4k aligned)
    Interface SATA 6Gb/s
    Technology Asynchronous NAND
    Form Factor 2.5 inch
    DRAM Cache Memory No
    Weight 80g
    Voltage 5V ±5%
    Power Consumption (active) 2.0W Max
    Power Consumption (idle/standby/sleep) 0.5W Max
    S.M.A.R.T. Support Yes
    Shock 1500 G
    MTBF 2,000,000 hours
    Operating Temperature 0C to +70C
    Storage Temperature -20C to +85C
    Operating Humidity 10% to 90% RH (0° to +40° C)
    Storage Humidity 5% to 90% RH (-10° to +60° C)
    Maximum Operating Altitude 3,048 m (up to 10,000 ft.)
    Maximum Non-Operating Altitude 12,192 m (up to 40,000 ft.)
















    Testing Method

    I will use some popular diagnostic benchmarks. Benchmarks will include HD Tune, Crystal Mark, AIDA64 (Disk Benchmark) and ATTO. The benchmarks used are easily accessible to the general public. All test SSD are plugged into Intel IDE SATA 6Gb/s port for the test.

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    Test System
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
    • Motherboard: MSI 890GXM-G65
    • Memory: G.skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1866MHz
    • Video Card: N/A
    • Hard Drive(s): Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB, Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB, Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD
    • Power Supply: Corsair 650TXV2
    • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit














    Benchmarks:
    Read and or Write
    • BootRacer
    • HD Tune (IOPS)
    • AIDA64
    • ATTO
    • Crystal DiskMark
    • AS SSD
    • IOmeter











    BootRacer
    Windows boot using BootRacer and check your boot time.


    Benchmark (HD Tune)
    HD Tune is a benchmark used to calculate Transfer times, Access times, Burst Rate and CPU Usage of a hard drive. You can download HD Tune at www.hdtune.com. There are two versions of HD Tune, a pro and a free version (Pro Version does benchmark write speeds). The Pro version was used for this review.

    Benchmark (AIDA64)
    AIDA64 is a diagnostic and benchmarking tool. AIDA64 will be used for its Disk Benchmark. We will use the read test suite.FinalWire is the producer of this software.

    Benchmark (ATTO)
    ATTO is a Hard Disk benchmark that that calculates both read and write times. You can download ATTO here.

    Benchmark (Crystal Mark)
    Crystal Mark is a disk benchmark software that features:
    • Sequential reads/writes
    • Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes
    • Text copy
    • Change dialog design
    • internationalization (i18n)
    • Download Crystal Mark

    Benchmark (AS SSD)

    The AS SSD benchmark by Alex Intelligent Software is specifically written for SSD drive performance measurements. AS SSD measures sequential read and write, access time and 4K IOPS both single threaded and 64-threaded. The official download can be found at http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/dow....php?cat_id=4.

    Benchmark (IOmeter)
    As the name implies, IOmeter is a benchmark utility for the I/O subsystem which is currently maintained and developed by Open Source Development Lab. IOmeter is set to use 4kb chunks with a queue depth of 32 I/O operations equally divided between read and write. Measurement is given in total IOPS in a two minute period. This particular script does not necessarily emulate real world conditions and has been known to favor the SandForce controller based SSD solutions.


    Conclusion
    Price Point
    Price: 109.00 USD @ NewEgg (CSSD-F60GB3A-BK), 114.99 USD @ NewEgg (CSSD-F60GB3-BK)
    Class: Performance

    The Corsair Force 3 60GB SATA II is priced in the Performance Class of SSD.
    Performance
    The Corsair Force 3 60GB SATA III SSD has an excellent performance-to-price ratio, especially in real world applications.

    Reviewer's Opinion

    In this test you can see that the read speed is incredibly low, this might be because of my Motherboard controller; other than that, this SSD is ok for me as a first time user. Windows boot is lightening fast.

    Pros
    • 3 year Warranty
    • SandForce SF2281 Controller
    • Excellent price-to-performance ratio
    • Bundled 2.5 inch to 3.5" adapter
    • SATA 6Gb/s
    • High sequential rates
    Cons
    • Asynchronous NAND has lowered performance when dealing with incompressible data
    And lastly the SSD life:

    Last edited by salmanshah; January 15th, 2012 at 19:04.

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    Should have used AHCI mode. i thing you would have ot better performance.

    anyway nice review. i will get my vertex 3 120gb this week. i am thinking of doing a review too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avas911 View Post
    Should have used AHCI mode. i thing you would have ot better performance.

    anyway nice review. i will get my vertex 3 120gb this week. i am thinking of doing a review too.
    I tried AHCI mode, but windows isn't installing in that mode. Just says "Windows can't install in this partition. Do you know how to setup windows in AHCI mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by salmanshah View Post
    I tried AHCI mode, but windows isn't installing in that mode. Just says "Windows can't install in this partition. Do you know how to setup windows in AHCI mode?
    What OS are you trying to install ? Vista/7 will install fine on an AHCI host, it's XP that fails to read from the controller if the appropriate drivers are not loaded prior to installation.

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    After installation, you're best off to install the AHCI driver for your HDD controller (ICH10R for me, no idea about AMD) and enable it via the registry. More info on Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintereise View Post
    After installation, you're best off to install the AHCI driver for your HDD controller (ICH10R for me, no idea about AMD) and enable it via the registry. More info on Google.
    @salmanshah , after you install Windows. Download the SouthBridge/AHCI driver and install them.
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx

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    hough I'm afraid if it's a speedy SSD, that AMD controller will hold back some of it's potential.

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