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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Corsair Force F100 SandForce SSD CSSD-F100GB2
Features and Specifications
First Look: Corsair Force F100
SandForce SF-1200 SSD Controller
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
SSD vs Hard Disk Drive
Corsair Force F100 Conclusion

Corsair Force F100 Conclusion

Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our performance rating considers how effective the Corsair F100 SSD performs in operations against direct competitor SATA storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-1200 at 260 MB/s read and write, although Corsair suggests 285/275 MB/s performance. In our benchmark tests, the Corsair Force F100 SSD performed at or above this rating. The Corsair F100 SSD delivered 284/277 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark and trailed by 251/251 MBps in Everest, making this the fastest SATA-3GBps MLC SSD controller we've tested. Operational performance was extremely good in Iometer, where the F100 outperformed other MLC SSDs and competed with SLC models. Based on these results, enthusiasts can expect high operational speeds and functionality for demanding applications.

Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. Corsair has kept production costs down while maintaining attractive looks by using a painted metal chassis for their Force (and all other) series SSDs. As SSD controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may become critical, and makes chassis design more important that it previously needed to be.

Construction is probably the strongest feature asset credited to any SSD product line, and Corsair products have never been an exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses because of their architecture and technology, but the hard metal shell adds a superfluous level of protection. If a Corsair Force-series SSD product does happen to fail during the standard 2-year warranty period, end-users can contact Corsair technical support via the company website or support forums. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number for support or customer service questions in the US (888-222-4346).

Benchmark Reviews has tested the Corsair Force F100 SSD against many of its closest competitors, and the performance results were impressive. High-performance enthusiasts will enjoy the a noteworthy 0.16 ms response time, which assures a nearly-instant reactions when called upon. Based on the SATA-3.0 SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor, the Corsair F100 delivers native TRIM garbage collection and SMART support with impressive transfer speeds. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that lasts up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules. One drawback to Corsair SSDs is that they lack any publicly available firmware updates.

As of late April 2010, the Corsair Force F100 CSSD-F100GB2-BRKT Solid State Drive kit is available through many popular online retailers. Benchmark Reviews tested the 100GB Force SSD for this article, and the CSSD-F100GB2-BRKT kit sells online for $410, or $4.10 per Gigabyte of storage capacity. Alternatively, the 200GB Corsair Force F200 SSD is available for $720, or 3.60 per Gigabyte.

Corsair Force-series SSDs are going to dominate the market. Not only are these Solid State Drives extremely fast, but more importantly they're capable of SLC-level operational performance I/O. The Corsair Force F100/F200 builds on the powerful SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor, which already innovates the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. While most new SSDs coming to market are likely to be compliant with 3rd-generation SATA standards, the Corsair F100 produced 284/277 MBps read and write speeds fast enough push the envelope of second-generation SATA performance. While the current retail prices 'Force' the F100 and F200 SSDs into the premium storage category, consumers could expect discounts to drive costs down as new SATA-6G SSDs join the market. Corsair has made a wise decision to partner with SandForce for the Force series, as it easily outperforms Indilinx-based SSDs and competes head-on with Enterprise-level MLC storage solutions.

Benchmark Reviews has used this SSD to publish our review.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Outstanding 284/277 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ SandForce SF-1200 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ Top-level enthusiast operational I/O performance
+ 2-Year Corsair full product warranty
+ 100GB/200GB of high-speed SSD storage capacity
+ AES-128 Automatic encryption and password data protection
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Lacks integrated USB Mini-B data connection
- Not 3rd-Generation SATA-6.0 compliant
- No public firmware updates available

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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