|Hard Drive||120 GB|
Corsair Force Series 3 120GB (6Gb/s) SATA 3 SF2200 controller Asynchronous SSD (CSSD-F120GB3A-BK)
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- High performance SandForce SF-2200 SSD controller
- Sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s
- Sequential write speeds of up to 510 MB/s
- Works seamlessly with SATA 6Gb/s SATA III systems
- Backward compatible-Works with SATA 3Gb/s SATA II systems
- Included 2.5" to 3.5" bracket for installation on your desktop computer
- BGC (Background Garbage Collection)
- Three Year Warranty
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.
From the Manufacturer
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
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.
Corsair SSDs: Designed for Performance and Durability
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.
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
|Force Series 3 60GB||Force Series 3 90GB||Force Series 3 120GB||Force Series 3 180GB||Force Series 3 240GB||Force Series 3 480GB|
|Capacity||60 GB||90 GB||120 GB||180 GB||240 GB||480 GB|
|Sequential Read Speed||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s|
|Sequential Write Speed||490 MB/s||500 MB/s||510 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s|
|Maximum IOPs (4K Aligned)||85K||85K||85K||85K||85K||85K|
|Form Factor||2.5 inch (6.35 cm)||2.5 inch (6.35 cm)||2.5 inch (6.35 cm)||2.5 inch (6.35 cm)||2.5 inch (6.35 cm)||2.5 inch (6.35 cm)|
|Interface||SATA 3 (6 Gb/s)||SATA 3 (6 Gb/s)||SATA 3 (6 Gb/s)||SATA 3 (6 Gb/s)||SATA 3 (6 Gb/s)||SATA 3 (6 Gb/s)|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
Contents and Specifications
- Force Series 3 solid-state drive
- 3.5" adapter for desktop PCs
- 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
Top customer reviews
Like others have mentioned, going from a 7200rpm platter disk to SSD is by far the single best upgrade you can give to a 1-3 year old notebook or desktop system. You won't need benchmarking software to "see" the difference in performance. You'll notice the first time you start your machine or when you are performing a fresh install of your OS. If you like working in a quiet environment, SSD is the way to go.
The Force Series are extremely reliable and come with a great warranty. I have easily deployed over 45 of these drives for business use, and probably 10 more for personal or family. I have not experienced one problem. As a precaution, we have performed firmware upgrades on a few of our oldest drives, but this has not been done because of problems or failure, rather for maintenance when a unit is being re-imaged for use in new hardware. As with all SSD drives the Force series is not competely without faults. In some rare instances, a drive may not resume properly form standby or hibernation in certain hardware configurations. Don't let this deter you from moving to SSD. A firmware update can resolve this problem in 99% of cases. Keep in mind that all manufacturers have had issues during the time SSD has evolved. They keep getting better.
I just finished a desktop build with 2x F120's in RAID 0 on an Asus MB, Z68 chipset.
Boot time: 26 sec. My MB allows me to supress display of POST messages, so I get a very fast Boot.
Improved Effciency: Dramatic performance increase booting, opening large files or loading hi-rez photos, less heat inside my case
Resume from standby: about 7 sec (twin view monitors)
Resume from hibernation: about 12 sec. With spin up of system fans
This system was built using the model listed F120GB3A-BK w/ v1.3.2 firmware. If you like a product that works as promised, look no futher.
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. It is running windows 7 so there is no way to just restore applications unless you clone the drive. And that is just what I did. First I de-fragged the existing Windows drive 3 times with PD12. Once that was done it took about 30 min to clone a Windows drive with about 65GB used in a Dual SATA dock with an eSATA connection. Once it was re-installed in the Lenovo I booted into Windows. It added the driver automatically the I rebooted. What would have taken her 1:30 minimum to reboot took about 50 seconds. After the desktop was up I went and ran a WEI to let Windows recognize it was an SSD. WEI score had the drive at 7.8 where the old drive was at 5.6. Now as I said this is an older laptop. A Socket 1156 Pentium Dual Core with SATA II only.
Once I finished the WEI I wanted to test it so I shut Windows down. From a cold boot to a fully functioning desktop it took 38.9 seconds but my wife has several things that start at boot. Then I did a restart. It took 21.8 seconds.
I used ATTO for testing the speed. But please remember this is connected to a SATA II controller in this laptop.
Test 1 298/262
Test 2 289/260
Test 3 294/269
If I had it to do over I would choose this drive again. It's performance is great. I have used other SSD's that were not as impressive and they cost way more than this drive. The time it has been running there has been not one problem. No stutter (although that was an issue with XP and SSD's), no freezing, no lag. My wife is so happy i removed it before I sold my MBP because it has made her laptop so much faster and more bearable.
If you are new to SSD's they are a worthy investment if you do any drive intensive computing. If all you do is spend your time on the internet using facebook or reading email, there would not be a huge benefit for you except faster boot times. But for those that will use this drive I will say the performance gain under Windows and OSX is exceptional and worth every penny. Even more so now when the price is below $1/GB. When I bought this I paid $80 more than it is now. I say go for it if you need the speed.