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Old January 24, 2013, 04:27 PM
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Default CORSAIR Force GS 240GB Single Drive and Raid0 SSD Performance Guide

Solid-State Drive does improve C performance in past 4 years.
No matter DeskTop PC or Notebook both shorten the system processing time.
It?s why SSD still so popular after launching many years. However, the high price also impact the popularity.

Every year, SSD price is almost 50% off. The price segment is based on 100 or 200USD.
As history price record, 2 years ago, 200USD only could have 60GB, last year was 120GB and this year is 240GB.
This year, you can find many 120GB SSD below 100USD. This price point is acceptable.

3 years ago, CORSAIR, from USA, started their SSD product line which was pioneer in this field.
Controller also moved from SAMSUNG to SandForce or Marvell.
Different controller focus on different performance and price segment.

This GS SSD is Force Series. It had Force 3 and GT, 2 versions.
Force Series uses SandForce controller with different NAND Flash ICs.
Let?s look at packing first. Gold is a representative color of GS.

Left side is product warranty card, middle is Force GS 240GB and right side is back 2.5? to 3.5? rack and screws.

Product size is 2.5?. The capacity is 240GB.,Official max speed is 555/525 MB/s at ATTO Disk Benchmark.
Random 4K max write is 90k IOPS. It?s very high specs of 4K performance in current SSD market.

Metal shell with red coating and tactile impression is grain texture.
CORSAIR offers 3 years warranty. The family has 128/180/240/360/480GB.
Capacity provides rich choices. Users can choose the suitable one by budget or demand.

Back is black metal with matte hair line. It improves the product texture.
Lower left is SATA3 and power connectors. Next is silver laser sticker.
As warranty and internal hardware safety, we better to keep it in original state.

Force Series GS uses popular SandForce SF-2281 controller.
NAND Flash uses 16 SanDisk Mark 24nm ICs, 16GB each.
If you are interested in Force GS internal build, you can search in Google.

The test platform is Intel Z77 chipset, GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER M3.
It?s mid-end gaming series using Micro ATX. It emphasizes audio and LAN chips.
It equips Creative latest CA0132, quad-core audio processor. It supports THX, CRYSTAL VOICE, and etc.

It has 3 PCI-E X16, 1 PCI-E X1. The expandability is very good as Micro ATX form factor.
Also Intel chipset IO performance is better. The SATA3 should have better performance in SSD.

System Configuration
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
VGA: Intel HD Graphics 4000
HD: SanDisk Extreme 240GB / WD 1TB 7200rpm
POWER: Thermaltake TR2 600W
Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
OS: Windows8 Ultimate 64bit

Single SanDisk Extreme 240GB install at white SATA3 port
None OS system drive without any data. Test at Intel Z77 platform.
HD Tune Pro 5.00
Black Size is the special part of this software. Left side default is 64K and right side is 1MB.
64K - Read - Average 408.7 MB/s Access Time 0.116ms
1MB - Read - Average 521.3 MB/s Access Time 0.117ms

HD Tune Pro 5.00 set Black Size as 1MB almost reaching the best performance.
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