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Corsair Force 3 240 GB SATA 3 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive CSSD-F240GB3-BK

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240 GB
  • SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3) connectivity- Works seamlessly with SATA 3 systems
  • Backward compatible-Works with SATA 3Gb/s (SATA 2) systems
  • Sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s
  • Sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s
  • High performance SandForce SF-2200 SSD controller
  • BGC (Background Garbage Collection)
  • Native TRIM support (O/S support required)
  • RAID Support
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Technical Details

Size: 240 GB
  • Brand Name: Corsair
  • Model: CSSD-F240GB3-BK
  • Hard Disk Size: 240.00 GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
  • Weight: 0.15 Kilograms

Product Details

Size: 240 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 4.4 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0051A8TG6
  • Item model number: CSSD-F240GB3-BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at May 16, 2011

Product Description

Size: 240 GB

Force Series 3 solid-state drives offer impressive SATA 3 6.0 Gb/second performance at an attractive price.

Step Up To Solid-State Speed with Force Series 3

Force 3 Series SSD
Corsair SSDs are 2.5" wide, the same size as notebook hard drives. An adapter is included for mounting in standard desktop PC 3.5" drive bays.

One of the best PC performance investments you can make.

You'll be amazed at the improvement over traditional hard drive access times the first time you turn on your computer, and for virtually everything you do with your PC. System startup, application load times, data transfers, and even shutdown times are all faster.

Your system will be more responsive, and you'll be more productive.

Add up all the time you spend all day waiting for your computer — starting up, loading game levels, saving large files and documents — and it can be significant. Using a PC can be a lot more enjoyable when it's not always making you wait.

The power of SATA 3 6Gb/second performance

Great for the latest high-performance PCs.

There's fast, and then there's fast. Force Series 3 SSDs have even quicker read and write times when they're installed in PCs that use the latest SATA 3 interface.

Compatible with SATA 2 3Gb/s.

Haven't yet moved to SATA 3? Like all Corsair components, Force Series 3 SSDs are designed to last through several system upgrades. Adding a Force Series 3 today means that you'll still get incredible storage performance now, and your SSD will be ready for your next upgrade.

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The cost-effective SATA 3 SSD solution.

Choosing a Force Series 3 SSD helps your computing budget go farther. They deliver outstanding SATA 3 6Gb/s performance, with prices that are comparable to lower-performance SATA 2 3Gb/s solid-state drives.

Force 3 Series SSD
Force Series 3 SSDs are available in unformatted capacities of up to 240GB.

Corsair SSDs: Designed for Performance and Durability

TRIM Support

Force Series 3 SSDs feature support for the Windows® 7 TRIM command. This allows them to store only the data they need and perform memory optimization to ensure the fastest possible write speeds.


Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can handle shock, vibration and temperature changes far in excess of mechanical hard drives. That's important for desktop PCs, and essential for notebooks.

Cool and Quiet, with Low Power Consumption

Traditional mechanical hard drives spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. This takes power, and generates noise and heat. Since SSDs have no moving parts, there's no noise or vibration, and the lower power consumption helps keep things cool inside your PC.

3.5" adapter

The 2.5" form factor allows for installation in most notebook PCs with no adapter required. If you're adding a Force Series 3 SSD to your desktop PC, use the included 3.5" adapter to mount it in any standard hard drive bay.

Force Series 3 Specifications

Specifications Force 3 120GB Force 3 240GB
Capacity 120 GB 240 GB
Sequential Read Speed 550 MB/s 550 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed 510 MB/s 520 MB/s
Maximum IOPs (4K Aligned) 85K 85K
Form Factor 2.5 inch 2.5 inch
Interface SATA III (6 Gb/s) SATA III (6 Gb/s)
Warranty 3 Years 3 Years
Drive Image
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Contents and Specifications

Package contents
  • Force Series 3 solid-state drive
  • 3.5" adapter for desktop PCs
Technical Specifications
  • Interface: SATA 3 6Gb/second
  • Storage technology: Asynchronous NAND
  • Operating temperature: 0° C to +70° C
  • Storage temperature: -20° C to +85° C
  • Operating Humidity: 10% to 90% RH (0° to +40° C)
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 3,048 m (up to 10,000 ft.)
  • Maximum Non-Operative Altitude: 12,192 m (up to 40,000 ft.)
  • SATA 3 6Gb/s
  • Backward compatible with SATA II and SATA I
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista®, and XP; Macintosh OS X; Linux
  • 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive bay

Product Description

Step up to SATA 6Gb/s performance with a Corsair Force Series 3 SSD. Your system responds better, boots quicker, and loads applications faster. Ideal for notebooks, Corsair SSDs run cooler and quieter than traditional hard drives, using less power.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is easy to install and it is very fast.
R. Lee
This is probably the best starter advice I can give to anyone looking to plunge into the SSD pool.
Sometimes it leads to blue screen of death!
Normal Norman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

194 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Bexter on February 16, 2012
Size Name: 120 GB Verified Purchase
Firstly, I want to start by saying that I KNOW what I'm doing with technology as I've worked with it for well over 20 years now, so what I'm about to post doesn't need trolling from 16 year olds who think they know better. Secondly, this review is mostly for those who either haven't worked with SSD's before or are having trouble getting this drive to play nice on their SATA controllers.

The thing to understand about SSD's is that while they are VERY fast, they are also still in their infant stages. With this drive in particular, this is what you need to do to make sure that it performs the way it should.

1. Make sure that the cable you use to connect to your motherboard is at LEAST a SATA-2 cable. A vanila motherboard SATA cable is more than likely going to be SATA-1 and this drive will complain about it with failures and whatnot.

2. Make sure your motherboard has the SATA port you connect this drive to configured as AHCI in the BIOS and NOT RAID or Sata. The primary reason for this is that most motherboard built in controllers are not really well built to start with and were NOT built with SSD in mind.

3. On some boards (Gigabyte, MSI & a few others), you can NOT use RAID and SATA combos on the same controller with this drive. As an example, the GPA880FX-UD3H board sports two different controllers... 6xSATA-3 and 2xSATA-2. You have the option (BIOS updates) to set the 6 way controller to do a mix of RAID and AHCI. This is great for conventional HD's but the Corsair WILL pitch an absolute fit about it. The easy solution for this is to put the SSD on the 2nd controller by itself in AHCI mode while your RAID array sits on the first controller.

4. Some FACTS about marketing with SSD's.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Canis Majoris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2011
Size Name: 120 GB
This is a duplicate of my review that was posted on the older F120GB3-BK model. My original review was of the newer F120GB3A-BK--this model--, and is more appropriately included here but; I will leave the other one up because it still applies.

We have all read the reviews. If you want an SSD you have these choices:

1. If you want reliability at a premium price get either Intel or Crucial.

2. If you want to take more of a risk for a lower price and maybe higher speeds go with Corsair or OCZ.

3. Sandforce controllers should make the drive perform faster, but have issues and should be avoided until the bugs can be fixed, right?

Because of a very good price on the 120GB Corsair Force 3, I finally bought an SSD to install in my Dell laptop. I knew I wanted to eventually get an SSD for the sole reason of seeing the greatest performance increase you can do, basically, if you had to upgrade one thing. I knew nothing of what to optimize, what to tweak, or how to specially install an SSD other than putting it in, and loading Windows like I normally do to a new drive. Fortunately, this was all the information I needed to see the improvements that everyone else has seen when going with an SSD.

**I used this SSD on a Sata III port in my laptop**

Note that I am using firmware 1.3.2, and did not upgrade to 1.3.3. Corsair stated that, unless you had problems with the 1.3.2, there was no reason to upgrade to 1.3.3.

**When you are buying this SSD, make sure you note the -model- number** In this case my model # was CSSD-F120GB3A-BK. The *A* is important, because that means the SSD is preloaded with 1.3.2 firmware and is likely the newly 'revisioned' drive. Look for this on the box when you receive it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MC0311 on December 27, 2011
Size Name: 90 GB
I have 3 of these drives set up in a software raid on my Asus Crosshair IV. Running ATTO Disk benchmark on Windows 7, I am getting 1020MB/s Read and 1100MB/s Write speeds. I never have any crashes and I have had this set-up for a couple of months now with no issues or BSODs. Needless to say, I can fully recommend this drive!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gene on August 5, 2012
Size Name: 180 GB Verified Purchase
I bought this Force 3 drive in February 2012 for the sole purpose to install in my 13" Early 2011 MacBook Pro. I will start with it.

Installation was straight-forward as expected. Once the MBP was closed I re-installed Lion(I wanted a fresh install), I then used my Time Machine BU to restore programs and settings. I had done this before with a traditional HDD and the whole process took more than an hour. With this Corsair It only took about 20 Min, including the restore.

Once the restore was done I shut down and performed a cold start. Now anyone that owns or has owned an Apple computer knows the initial screen, for a few seconds, is just getting the computer ready to boot. Once the Apple was on the screen I started a timer. From off to completely usable it only took 13.7 seconds. I started Adobe Photoshop CS5 in about 3 seconds.

Next I performed a hot restart. With 7 apps open I restarted the machine. Now Lion allows for the automatic reopening of everything opened when restarted. To shutdown and restart while opening the 7 apps, it took 16.6 seconds.

Next I ran Drive Genius to check what my speeds were. This is where it was kind of odd. I ran 3 test just so I knew it wasn't a fluke, but my scores were as follows.
Test 1 464/425
Test 2 499/418
Test 3 466/392

Now in all fairness I know I did not have trim enabled in OS X. For better performance make sure it is enabled.

Just about 6 weeks ago I decided to sell my 13" MBP to get a 2012 15" Non-Retina MBP (I wanted the ability to upgrade RAM and HDD without Apple premium). So I will comment on this same drive under Windows 7.

So I removed this Force 3 and decided to put in in my wife's aging Lenovo laptop she uses for work.
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