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Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD Review


by Stuart Davidson - 26th August 2011
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Corsair Force Series 3 - 240GB SSD Review

Test System and Methodology


Corsair Force 3 - 240GB Firmware 1.02
OCZ Agility 3 - 240GB Firmware 2.11

Intel Core i7-2600K
ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Gen3
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance

Asus VG236H Screen

Corsair AX1200 PSU
D-Link Wireless-N Dual Band USB Stick
Corsair Force Series GT SSD (OS)
Arctic Cooling MX-4 Paste
Corsair H70
Razer Megalodon
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Forceware 280.19

SiSoft Sandra
Crystal DiskMark
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
ATTO Benchmark
MS Office 2010
StarCraft 2
PCMark 7

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drives was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, where appropriate, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated) and each drive was Sanitary Erased between tests.

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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