Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD Review

Author: AkG
Date: July 26, 2011
Product Name: Force 3 GT 120GB
Part Number: CSSD-F120GBGT-BK
Warranty: 3 Years
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Not that long after Corsair’s announcement of the Force Series 3 lineup of SSDs the Froce GT series was introduced. In order to keep up with the competition, the GT uses the same SF-2281 backbone as its sibling but packs higher performance ONFi 2 NAND to bring it in line with the enthusiast market’s expectations.

The Corsair Force GT is currently available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities while pricing runs the gamut from about $200 to well above the $400 mark. For the purposes of this review, we’ll be looking at the 120GB version which currently retails for approximately $275 and can be considered a competitor to OCZ’s Vertex 3 120GB.

Up until now our SATA 3 SSD reviews have mostly focused upon the crème de la crème 240GB versions. This unfortunately does have a tendency to skew the results upwards when people try to extrapolate the performance of lower capacity drives based on our charts. But this drive will allow us to finally answer the question many of you have been asking: how do the high performance SF2281 120GB drives compare to their 240GB counterparts?

In order to better illustrate the Force GT’s performance on a more visceral level, Corsair decided to go with a screaming red and deep black two-tone colour scheme. If you want a solid state drive that can be shown off and be the centerpiece of your system, this is the one you’ve probably been waiting for.

Opening up the Force GT 120GB we can see that besides the SF2281 controller the only other chips are the NAND modules. To be more specific all 16 slots are filled with eight chips (in two rows of four chips) per side. The ICs used in this drive are synchronous, 25nm Micron branded 29F64G08CBAAB ONFi 2 NAND which happen to be the reason behind the GT’s performance increase over the standard Force 3. This is the same NAND which can be found in many other high performance SF2281-based SSDs.

As with the previous generation, the Force GT comes with a 2.5” to 3.5” drive bay adapter and the usual mounting hardware.

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