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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

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Size: 120 GB

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.

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

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 480GB.

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

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

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

Size:120 GB

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 120 GB
Brand Name Corsair
Item model number CSSD-F120GB3A-BK
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 7 x 5 x 1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7 x 5 x 1 inches
Color Black
Flash Memory Size 120
Voltage 5 volts

Additional Information

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4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,282 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 1, 2011

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Size: 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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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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Size: 240 GB Verified Purchase
I love this drive! It runs incredibly fast, giving me a total boot time (including the BIOS and POST screens) of about 20 seconds. Here's a short guide for you on how to do this.

1: Configure your BIOS to run the SATA controller in IDE mode.
2: Do a fresh install of Windows onto the SSD.
3: After installing drivers and stuff, download a nifty tool from Microsoft. It's called "Microsoft Fix It". Go to Microsoft's web page and look for "STOP 0x0000007B AHCI". Click on the first option. Scroll down to the Microsoft Fix It picture-thing and click on it. Run the tool and it will allow Windows to run in AHCI mode.
4: Reboot the computer and change the SATA mode from IDE to AHCI. If your controller has multiple interface options, make sure that ALL channels are set to AHCI. For instance, my Gigabyte motherboard (GA-A75-D3H) can run SATA 1, 2, and 3 in one mode (IDE, RAID, or AHCI), and run SATA 4 and 5 in a different mode simultaneously. I had to change the SATA 1, 2, and 3 to AHCI, then select "As SATA type" for the last 2 channels.
5: Now to enable TRIM. TRIM keeps the drive running fast and clean, so it's something you want. Open command prompt as an administrator and type: fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0
6: Run the Windows Assessment and bask in the glory of a perfect 7.9 for the primary disk drive.

I cannot overstate how great this thing is. If you decide to leave it in IDE mode, it will slow down a bit, but it will still be a whole lot faster than a traditional 7200RPM disk drive.

Edit: This drive reads and writes randomly, meaning if you analyze it with a defragmentation program, it will come up extremely fragmented. THIS IS NORMAL. Never defrag an SSD, as defragmentation greatly reduces the life of the drive.
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