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Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup

Corsair F100 (Force Series 100GB)

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Corsairs Force Series SSDs arrive in a small cardboard box with a generic picture on the front. At the bottom a section specifies the capacity and inside is the drive, protected by plastic casing and accompanied by a small bundle of extras. This bundle consists of a bracket and screws which allow us to convert the drive into a 3.5” model for easier installation in cases which do not natively support 2.5” drives.

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Our review sample is the F100 version of Corsairs Force series and this drive uses a black, metal chassis with large sticker on the top. This sticker tells us the model part number and that opening the drive voids the warranty. Turning the drive over we find that there is no further information or branding, only two warranty seals and a clearer view of the standard SATA 2 data and power connectors. In total the drive weighs 80g, has a shock tolerance of 1500G and a MTBF of 1million hours. Trim is supported on the Force Series as is garbage collection.

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After removing four screws from the base of the drive we are able to remove the bottom cover which reveals the underside of the PCB. Located here are eight of the drives sixteen 34nm MLC NAND flash chips with Corsair opting for Micron branded parts. This particular model, F100, has a total capacity of 128GB however a portion of this is not available to the consumer, giving us access to 93.1GB when formatted in Windows 7.

In terms of performance Corsair state that their Force Series has write speeds up to 285MB/s with read at 275MB/s. Compared to previous SSDs this is an impressive ratio of read to write and that is down to DuraClass Technology which present on the Sandforce 1200 controller which sits in the centre of the PCB. For the Force Series there is no external Data Cache to slow down operation of the drive, instead the controller utilizes data compression techniques and algorithms to reduce the amount of data which is written to the drive. For data that does need to be written efficient Page Management algorithms ensure maximum write performance.

Corsair offer a 3-year warranty on the Force Series and other capacities include 60, 120, 200 and 240GB.

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Stuart Davidson

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