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Corsair Force Series 3 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F480GB3-BK

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  • 2.5"
  • 480GB
  • SATA III

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Step Up To Solid-State Speed with Force Series 3

 

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, game and application load times, file loading, 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 just moving data around — 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

 

The SATA 3 connection on the Force Series 3 offers up to 6Gb/s speed vs. SATA 2 drives that top out at 3Gb/s.

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.

Force Series 3: Get more for less.

Choosing a Force Series 3 SSD helps your computing budget go farther. Powered by the SandForce SF-2200 controller, they deliver outstanding SATA 3 6Gb/s performance, with prices that are comparable to lower-performance SATA 2 3Gb/s solid-state drives.


Corsair SSDs: Designed for Performance and Durability

 

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.

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.

Reliability

Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can handle shock, vibration and temperature changes far in excess of traditional 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
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
Interface SATA III (6 Gb/s)
Warranty 3 Years

  • newegg Industry-Leading Performance & Endurance Driven by the second generation of SandForce SSD controller SF-2200, the Corsair Force Series 3 is designed and built to unleash the full potential of the 6Gbps SATA III interface. The Force Series 3 pushes the limits in both sequential and random data transfer rates, significantly improving your productivity, gaming, multimedia, and overall computing experience. In addition, the SSD controller’s integrated enhanced DuraClass Technology is architected to leverage today’s densest MLC NAND Flash memory, delivering best-in-class performance, endurance, security, and power efficiency in a “DRAM-less”, single chip solution.
  • newegg A Superior PC Experience In addition to enhanced performance, Corsair Force Series 3 SSD promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives. With no moving parts, SSDs provide peace of mind with their superior durability and reliability.
  • newegg Trim Support Force Series 3 SSDs feature support for the Windows 7 TRIM command, which allows them to store only the data they need and perform memory optimization to ensure the fastest possible write speeds.
  • newegg 3.5" Adapter Included The Corsair Force Series 3 SSD features a standard 2.5-inch form factor for compatibility with notebooks and select desktops. A 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket is included with the SSD for compatibility with standard hard drive mounting.


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great SSD 12/1/2012 4:37:34 PM

Pros: This SSD is the best one I have tried to date, I have tried OCZ and it was fine on my laptop, but for my desktop I wanted more space and hated the noise my old mechanical hard drives made.

Cons: The first one I got was DOA and RMA was great. The second one (currently in my system) was having the hang issue for the first few days, after getting all the updates it was only happening a few times a week. Eventually I figured out that restarting the drive caused the hang, and powering off the system then starting it basically fixed all problems for me. I am running it on a Sabertooth Z77 with an I7 3770k, Been running smooth for well over 3 months.

Overall Review: Despite the hang this drive had for the first few weeks, this drive is a great one for the price, especially since it dropped since I purchased it. I would recommend this SSD to anyone who knows about firmware updates, however don't update if you are not having any issues.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Update: 5.0.3 Seems to have Fixed the Pausing 11/15/2012 12:01:24 PM

Pros: Corsair seems to have fixed the pausing with the release of 5.0.3

Cons: I had a lot of pausing with these 480GB SSDs. Since upgrading to 5.0.3 a week ago, I have not experienced the pausing.

Overall Review: This is my 3rd review of this product. I wish there was a way to edit my previous reviews.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Update to my Review 8/1/2012 9:01:00 AM

Pros: The CSSD-F480GB3-BK is fast when it's not stuck in a hung state.

Cons: Unfortunately, I just spent 15 minutes trying to get my laptop back and running because this drive was in a hung state.

Corsair will post their canned-reply to upgrade the firmware. Had they read the version I'm using, they would see that it's the same one they're trying to pawn off as a solution. It's NOT a solution and the intermittent pausing persists.

Overall Review: Corsair needs to step it up and create a permanent fix for this instead of their canned-responses to issues.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear customer,

We're sorry you're having issues with the SSD, you are welcome to contact our Tech Support or post the Corsair Forum and we'll be more than happy to help you.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Frequent Pausing 6/28/2012 3:19:07 PM

Pros: Very fast SSD (when it's working).

Dell E6420 with i7 4 core.
DiskBench:
48 MB; D:\Test; 50331648 bytes; 204 ms; 235.294 MB/s
96 MB; D:\Test; 100663296 bytes; 398 ms; 241.206 MB/s
144 MB; D:\Test; 150994944 bytes; 512 ms; 281.250 MB/s
192 MB; D:\Test; 201326592 bytes; 924 ms; 207.792 MB/s
240 MB; D:\Test; 251658240 bytes; 790 ms; 303.797 MB/s
288 MB; D:\Test; 301989888 bytes; 923 ms; 312.026 MB/s
336 MB; D:\Test; 352321536 bytes; 1723 ms; 195.009 MB/s
384 MB; D:\Test; 402653184 bytes; 1624 ms; 236.453 MB/s
432 MB; D:\Test; 452984832 bytes; 1314 ms; 328.767 MB/s
480 MB; D:\Test; 503316480 bytes; 2647 ms; 181.337 MB/s

Cons: Like someone else mentioned, this Corsair SSD stutters. It would freeze a few times an hour for about 10-20 seconds. I have two of the 480GB SSDs and they both do this. They are also on the latest 5.0.2.

Since NewEgg cannot swap these out for a different brand, I will have to purchase replacements myself.

In summary:
DO NOT BUY the Corsair SSD series until we get better answers from Corsair.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer,

We're sorry to hear about the SSD causing issues. Please visit the Corsair website to download the latest firmware for this drive, this should solve the issue of "stuttering". If you have further questions feel free to contact our Tech Support or post on the Corsair Forum and we'll be more than happy to help you.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Just bought my second one... 6/18/2012 12:44:13 PM

Pros: Pretty significant amount of storage for an SSD. Relatively decent pricing.

Cons: Bit more expensive on newegg than other sites.

Overall Review: I'm running mine on my vmware esxi 5 whitebox... working great so far... just ordered another, which will take over as the main hdd on my personal computer. I bought from another site for 485, which is quite a bit lower than here.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
FMS10 review sofar so good 6/8/2012 11:27:33 AM

Pros: I just bought and installed a Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F480GB3-BK 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD).System found it no problems so far. Its 3 days and so far so good
migrated windows 7 to new ssd from an image I made using windows7 image maker
It works great, don't let anyone tell you that you have to do I clean install and waste 10 hours of you time to get your one year old machine back up and running with all of your stuff.
Search on web migrating win 7 to new ssd and you will be set.

If theres any problems I will redo my review like I did with the Muskin drive

Cons: my system
GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366
12gigs 1560 7,7,7,24 ocz 1.65v
i7960 3.2 overclocked to 3.9 with turbo on 1.315V all other volts on auto
gtx 680 & gtx 470 for PHYX
1000 watt power supply
samsung HDD1TB for backup only
WD 640 HDD 2nd drive

Overall Review: My first ssd was a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR480GB 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC, died in 2 days. my new RMA Muskin drive was also DOA, my system won't see it in the bios. Called newegg for refund and they are great, they gave me store credit, I did not want another one of these drives so I bought the corsair.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR APPARENTLY

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5/ 5
Fast and Just Works 5/29/2012 9:51:29 AM

Comments: Using 2 of them under Linux in Raid 0 configuration. Using it as a monster web server with Asus MB, 8 core AMD CPU and 32 gigs ram. So - works fine under Linux.

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5/ 5
Speed, Value, and Performance 5/27/2012 2:37:56 PM

Comments: Wish the sled was a little longer for desktop installs, not really any trouble, just looks nice in the case.

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