Legit Storage Reviews
Corsair Force Series 120GB SandForce SF-1200 SSD Review
|Date:||Wed, Jun 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Joe Evans -|
A Look Inside The Force SSD
We expected to see much the same on the inside for the Corsair Force Series 120 as we did with the F100 and lo and behold we did spot one difference albeit more cosmetic that anything else.
Where the F100 drive used Micron branded 34nm NAND, the F120 is sporting Intel branded 34nm NAND which really doesn't amount to much as they are essentially the same chips and manufacturing process. The total of physical NAND in the drive is 128GB but as mentioned, some is provisioned for performance preservation and drive maintenance, leaving 120GB usable for user data.
On the opposite side we see the now familiar SF-1200 controller from Sandforce which, on our sample drive, is running with a slightly different RC1 firmware than the F100 drive according to the engineers at Corsair. Retail drives will ship with the updated MP firmware. Absent is any type of DRAM cache because as we mentioned in the F100 review, this controller takes advantage of Sandforce's DuraClass technology.
The SF-1200 (specifically SF-1222) controller supports the TRIM function for operating systems that also support it and regardless of the OS used, garbage collection (NAND laundering) is also supported to help keep the drive running at optimal performance.
Next Page - The Test System
Page 1 - Corsair Force Series 120GB SSD Intro
Page 2 - A Look Inside The Force SSD
Page 3 - The Test System
Page 4 - ATTO v2.41 & AS SSD Benchmarks
Page 5 - HD Tune Pro v4.01
Page 6 - HD Tach v220.127.116.11 & CrystalDiskMark v3.0
Page 7 - PCMark Vantage & SiSoft Sandra 2010
Page 8 - Capacity, Final Thoughts & Conclusions