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Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA 3 SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive CSSD-F120GB3-BK

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  • 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 510 MB/s
  • High performance SandForce SF-2200 SSD controller
  • Native TRIM support (O/S support required)
  • BGC (Background Garbage Collection)
  • RAID Support
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Corsair
  • Model Number: CSSD-F120GB3-BK
  • Hard Disk Size: 120 GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
  • Item Display Weight: 0.15 Kilograms

Product Description

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.


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
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Force 3 120GB
Force 3 240GB
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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 Information

Product Dimensions 5.4 x 1.2 x 4.4 inches
Item Weight 4 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.2 ounces
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ASIN B0051A8T52
Item model number CSSD-F120GB3-BK
Customer Reviews
2.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,284 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 16, 2011

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By Canis Majoris VINE VOICE on November 5, 2011
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. If you do not have an A at the end, upgrade to 1.3.2, or 1.3.3, as soon as you can to minimize anything going wrong.

I wanted to use this drive as a primary boot drive (the drive that loads and boots into Windows).
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I received one of the new and updates drives from Corsair. The updated drives will begin with a part number 1123 or greater.

I must say the drive operates just like many of the benchmarks you'll find dotted around the web. As typical with an SSD, apps load extremely fast and reboots (at least for me) are less than 30 seconds. I previously was using an Intel X25-M and was expecting a huge increase in write performance since the Intel is limited to 80MB/sec on SATAII. But, in reality the Corsair SSD with its 510MB/sec write didn't make much of a difference in my world. I based this on using an Intel H67 motherboard, Intel QuickSync, and Arcsoft MediaConverter 7 to transcode a DVD to h.264 on the same drive. The result was 8:59 seconds compared to 10:15 seconds using the X25-M. Now, many will see this as an increase by shaving 1:16 seconds off the transcode time but I was looking for something greater considering the CSSD-F120GB3-BK has greater than six times the write speed and twice the read speed as the Intel.

This drive has not been flawless for me. I also play Age of Empires: The Conquorers (which the game is completely cached to the SSD) and I have had a couple of BSODs so far. I can not 100% say it is the SSD because I also had one under the X25-M while playing the game. But, I have only had the Corsair SSD for a couple of days (as of this writing) and have had two already. I've done MediaConverter 7 transcoding, ran heavy flash-based applications, and had large file transfers going in the background and the CSSD-F120GB3-BK never hiccuped once. So, maybe the BSODs are a specificly related to the playing the game.

Overall, I am pleased with the drive.
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The drive is really fast. I upgraded from Corsair Force 120 drive and I can tell the difference. Specially with accessing large files or loading programs that read a lot from disk on start up. Also, all programs start faster. I'm very happy now after sorting out a few hurdles.

After 5 days struggling with poor performance (282/258 MB/s read/write like a Force 120 SATA II drive already installed on the system), finally got it working. If you are using MSI 890GXM-G65, update to the latest BIOS. I had AMI BIOS 1.4 and updated to 1.C. Now I'm getting 542/475 MB/s read/write speed. Quite good. Here's a check list to quickly getting it working properly:

1. USE A SATA 6 Gbps rated cable to connect your drive to a SATA 3 port on your motherboard. If you lack the cable or the port you will get SATA 2 performance. You NEED BOTH a SATA 3 controller and SATA 3 rated cable.
2. Enable AHCI mode on your BIOS for accessing your drives (NO IDE or RAID option, you MUST use AHCI). If you already installed Windows XP or 7 on IDE mode then google how to make the change so you don't get a Windows' blue screen.
3. Use Windows 7 or Linux. Windows XP does not support TRIM and your drive will degrade faster than intended.
4. As I read and tried, Microsoft AHCI drivers or AMD drivers perform almost identically so installing one or the other will not affect performance.

1. If still not getting the SATA 3 speed, then update your BIOS (mine did not specify any adjustments done to the SB850 southbridge, but something was changed since it worked after uptating it!).
2. If still not getting at least close to the SATA 3 speed, then update your drive's firmware as a LAST RESORT MEASURE. Go to Corsair forums for this.

I hope this information helps others.
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