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Pros: Includes a 3.5” mounting tray, so no need to spend extra ordering one separately if you're installing in a desktop system; 240GB (223 usable) is just about right for an operating system, applications, and a handful or two of cherry-picked games; Fast sequential reads/writes; Fast random 4KB reads/writes for “snappy” day-to-day OS/application performance; 3-year warranty.
Takes full advantage of SATA 3 and is backward compatible with SATA 2. Speeds will be heavily bottlenecked on the latter, but if you're coming off a spinning disk drive the performance gain will be massive regardless.
I have not yet encountered any of the issues people have experienced with other drives using the same SandForce 2281 flash memory controller this one uses. *Knock on wood*
Cons: As of writing this it's shipping with firmware v5.02 which has broken TRIM functionality. Without TRIM there will be some performance degradation over time, but I'd say the vast majority of users are unlikely to notice it outside of benchmarks (i.e. in actual day-to-day usage). Corsair has released a new version of the firmware (v5.03) that restores TRIM functionality which you can update to through a relatively painless flashing process, just be sure to read the instructions carefully and understand the risks associated with flashing firmware. I don't know if Corsair plans to push newly manufactured SSDs out the door with v5.03 going forward or if they'll wait for a future version, but even if they do retailers will still be shipping drives that come with v5.02 until stock is depleted.
A minor gripe, but if you're using all of the SATA cables that came with your motherboard and don't have any other spares you'll have to buy one separately as this drive does not include one in the box.
Overall Review: I've installed this product as the boot drive in my system running a Phenom II X4 925, GA-970A-UD3 motherboard, and 8GB (2x4GB) of DDR3-1600. Using ATTO, AS-SSD, CrystalDiskMark, and Anvil's Storage Utilities I've come up with the following results:
~495MB/s sequential read
~434MB/s seq write (compressible data)
~266MB/s seq write (incompressible data)
~76MB/s random 4KB read (queue depth=4)
~232MB/s random 4KB read (QD=16)
~210MB/s random 4KB write (QD=4)
~226MB/s random 4KB write (QD=16)
There is some variation between the numbers each benchmark spits out, so I took the individual results and averaged them for the sake of simplicity. It may not be the ideal way way to present this data since it doesn't let you see all of the lows and highs, but it gives you a general sense of things and doesn't make me overshoot my character limit. ATTO gave the highest individual sequential read and write results at 542MB/s and 505MB/s respectively. CrystalDiskMark gave the highest individual random 4KB read and write results at 316MB/s (~77285 IOps, QD=32) and 266MB/s (~64972 IOps, QD=32) respectively. I believe the 90K random 4KB write IOps speed advertised on the box was achieved with IOMeter, which I also used but was only able to roughly match the results I got with the other benchmarks even after putting in my due diligence to find the optimal settings. However, I have seen reviews done on Intel-based systems that have reached all of the advertised rates.
I don't have an Intel system to test with, but results found around the web consistently show performance to be in favor of Intel's SATA 3 controller, so you may not match the advertised rates unless your system is equipped with one. I'd wager most people wouldn't notice outside of benchmarks provided they don't have extremely demanding I/O requirements, but it will likely leave some feeling a bit sour regardless.
Having only owned it for a short period of time I obviously can't speak to long-term reliability, but this drive delivers performance on-par with and in many cases exceeding that of its competitors. It's fully capable of reaching its advertised rates when installed in the right system, and even with the diminished performance in other systems it's still far from a slouch—definitely worth considering when you weigh your options.
Pros: : I should probably preface this with a fair warning. My setup uses SATA II, not III. However, I did benchmarks of the drive on another computer with a fast SATA III (X79). Speeds advertised are accurate for my unit. After just over a month of tough use and data movement, the drive''''s maximum speeds haven''''t degraded much. Certainly better than some of the cheaper drives I''''ve used. This also comes with the 3.5 to 2.5 adapter for fitting this in cases without dedicated SSD bays (such as mine).
Solid-State Drives in general are a solid investment right now. Not only are they pretty tough, but the instant data-recall is something you cant do without once you''''ve experienced it. It will be difficult to setup any computer without an SSD.
Cons: Frankly, this drive has operated flawlessly. If there was anything wrong, it was marginal, such as there being no included SATA cable. On a technical note, the difference between the 5.02 and 5.03 firmware with TRIM enhancements is a little perplexing, I guess it depends on when your drive was manufactured. Only the test of time will tell whether this is really important to normal users though.
Overall Review: SSDs are definitely starting to enter a realistic price range. When prices drop below a dollar a gig, it no longer seems so far out of reach. The performance difference for some computers can be relatively dramatic. I have yet to have a problem with an SSD specifically, so this is just another solid option in the range.
Pros: Incredibly fast
SandForce Controller (the defacto gold standard)
Toggle mode NAND (improves speeds and decreases power consumption)
Mounting bracket and screws included
Currently about $0.85 per GB (never been better)
Windows 7 installed in about 12 minutes
3 year warranty
SSD’s are a big advantage for laptops. This drive draws 4.6W at peak of performance...want your battery to last?
2,000,000 hours MTBF (mean time between failures), that's > 8000 days
Cons: The mounting bracket. While undoubtedly universal I could not mount the drive in my case the way I wanted. The holes were just not there. Case: HAF 922.
I mounted the drive alternately, it fits and works just fine.
For optimal drive performance Corsair requires an Intel SATA controller.
Marvel you lose.
Overall Review: In my life I have come across few products that amazed me. This is one of those products. Hard drives for all their complexity have to do very few things as far as the end user is concerned. They have to store and retrieve data reliably and doing it fast is the feature that most concerns the audience for this drive. They must do all that over a period of years. I have hard drives in the closet that I have owned for more than a decade that are still functional so I would expect any new drive to last that long. The SSD's have no moving parts which means to me they should last longer than any mechanical disk. To benchmark I used AIDA64.
Corsair GS CSSD-F240GBGS
RANDOM READ - 524.8 MB/s
AVERAGE READ ACCESS of 0.09 ms.
This is not my first SSD. A couple years ago I bought a Crucial 64 GB SSD for just my OS and a very few programs.
RANDOM READ - 373.8 MB/s
AVERAGE READ ACCESS of 0.14 ms
The Corsair shows a 28% performance increase in the READ Test Suite and a 39% increase in AVERAGE READ ACCESS time.
Compare both preceding sets of data with a 7200 RPM 32 MB cache 750 GB Seagate
RANDOM READ - 105.7 MB/s
AVERAGE READ ACCESS of 13.33 ms
Wheeewww! At this price? Time to go Corsair SSD.
I did a few real user computer tests to determine how fast this drive is for my usage. For me real world tests are desirable because numbers while important tend to be glossed over by readers. I have sat at my current system for 18 months and know how fast programs open., not in seconds but I can report by moving programs: Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 and Corel Photoimpact X3 to the SSD from my 750 Seagate I saw a performance improvement of about 25 %. The programs opened faster. Of that there is no doubt and that is what I like best. I installed a couple games on this SSD. Doom 3 and GTA IV. When installed on the Seagate 750 GTA IV took 1 m 40 s to load when loading from the Corsair that time was cut to 1 m 20 s. That's significant. Doom3 loaded 20 s faster when installed on the Corsair.
A quick search reveals 32 drives available from Newegg that could be considered equivalent:
Interface: SATA III
Form Factor: 2.5""
Some range in cost up to $400. If you want to spend more do so but the stats reveal you won't do any better performance wise.
My cold boot time to desktop usability is 85 seconds. That time loads my AV program, sound, printer and graphic utilities as well as the OS. That may seem long but I don't think it is. I wouldn't deny myself this drive because of that number. The Corsair GS CSSD-F240GBGS is an exceptional drive for a good price.
Pros: It was essential to me that this drive was put through a gauntlet of heavy use before writing this review. There is no need to list generic new SSD benchmark speeds. I wanted to know how this drive performs after the performance degradation of hard use sets in. It should come as no shock after writing ~150gb to it a day for the past month that it doesn't hit advertised speeds. It did however hold up fairly well in comparison to most other popular SSDs. All of the following speed tests were run with the drive about 80% full because I doubt many of you plan on buying this large SSD to leave empty. The drive was able to deliver read speeds of 329MB/s and write speeds of 250MB/s. While these speeds may seem low they are pretty respectable for a well used SSD. For comparison my Crucial M4 128gb scores 232MB/s read and 157MB/s write.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Force GT uses a metal housing instead of the cheap plastic found on some other low price SSDs.
Unrelated to performance this ssd comes with a nice 3.5 to 2.5” adapter that not all SSDs do. This could end up saving users the headache of not being able to finish a build because they forgot a $10 adapter.
Cons: One of the reasons I wanted to test this drive so harshly before submitting my review is because Corsair drives are not know for their reliability. I am pleased to report that the drive functioned flawlessly. I would not hesitate to install this SSD in my personal build or that of my customers. Only time will tell how well the drive truly holds up but I'm fairly confident that I won't see any issues.
Overall Review: Corsair really impressed me with this drive. I had had some issues with their earlier drives and read many similar reports so I have been hesitant to try them again. I have seen this drive go on sale on newegg the past month several times for near bargain SSDs prices. (Well under $1/GB for a drive that was $450+ not long ago) The performance and capacity you get for the price is really astounding.
I was also pleased to see that Corsair gives you a 3 year warranty on this drive when most mechanical HD manufacturers are changing over to 1 year warranties. Corsair support is great although I have not dealt with them for RMAing a SSD. I did have to RMA a H50 and contact them for some extra parts for an 800d, both of which went perfectly smooth.
Pros: Price point is now affordable. Comes with a 3.5” adaptor mounting tray. Features latest Toggle Nand memory. 3 Year warranty from Corsair. Available in four sizes from 180GB up. Latest SandForce SF-2281 controller.
Cons: Not available in sizes under 180GB. Favors Intel SATA III controllers. Power consumption when active and idle is a little higher than competitive brands.
Overall Review: The Force GS SATA III SSD is the latest offering from Corsair. It features the newer, faster Toggle Nand memory for faster access times over the GS series, which I did prove in my testing. The Force GS series is available in 180GB, 240GB, 360GB, and 480GB sizes, so if you are looking for something smaller you need to look elsewhere. A low stated power consumption of 4.6 watts, and a three year warranty from Corsair are strong selling points.
On to my real world testing. My Intel test machine used an Intel I7-3930K Sandy Bridge Processor running at 4Ghz with an Asus motherboard, with 16GB of ram. Benchmarking using Crystal Disk Mark gave me 482.4 MB/s Read, and 512.3MB/s Write speeds with a maximum of 91002.6 IOPS. Using ATTO, which is the benchmark that Corsair themselves use, the system reached 542.7 MB/s write, and 549.2 MB/s read speeds, which meets or exceeds Corsairs claims.
Moving to an AMD platform using a Phenom II X4 965BE processor running at 3.8GHZ and an Asus Crosshair V Motherboard, again with 16GB of ram, on ATTO my results were substantially less than the Intel chipset based system. The AMD system only reached 470.6 MB/s read and 421.8 MB/s write.
You can see that as Corsair states on their forum and elsewhere, the Force GS series is optimized for the Intel SATA III controller sets, which can either be a bad thing or a good thing depending on which processor systems you like. I happen to prefer AMD chips and motherboards myself, which would make me look elsewhere if I was in search of the maximum benchmark, but since I do mostly video processing and little to no gaming, the speed difference is negligible.
In summary, if you have an Intel high end processor and want to go for the max performance, the Corsair GS series will fill the bill nicely for you. You have to do your research as there are a couple of other companies that have comparable offerings at nearly the same price, but you have to weigh in the warranty offered, customer service offered, and what you intend to do with your system. All in all a solid offering from Corsair.
Pros: FAST, Great price, Includes adapter plate.
Latching SATA cables stay latched (on other SSDs I’ve had, they do not).
Overall Review: The drive comes with a 3,5” adapter plate as well as the four M3 screws needed to attach the drive to the plate and four 6-32 screws to attach the adapter plate to your 3.5” drive bay.
I love SSDs and use them in almost all my builds, at home (Windows 7 machines) and work (Linux machines). This is my favorite SSD so far, not only because the great price for a 240GB, but it’s also the fastest I’ve tried.
I put this drive in my main PC, (which is also my media PC) along with a CPU and motherboard upgrade.
Connected to my Intel H77 6Gb/s port, My ATTO direct I/O test scores show (both at the 8192KB transfer size):
All write speeds from 64KB-8192KB transfer size, are above 500MB/Sec., and all read speeds from 256KB to 8192KB transfer size, are above 500MB/Sec.
If you’re new to SSDs you will want to:
Connect the drive to a (6Gb/s) chipset port, not a secondary controller port.
I had mine connected to a secondary 6Gb/s port, and it added almost a minute to the boot time.
On the Intel H77 chipset port, boot is 25 seconds from button press to fully initialized Desktop (no password).
Confirm SATA mode is AHCI for that port.
Most new motherboard’s BIOSs now have AHCI set as default, but not all.
Be sure to turn off the window’s defragmenter Schedule.
Defragmenting does nothing for an SSD, except shorten its life.
Pros: Just an amazing drive. My first high capacity SSD drive of gen. 3 and the results are just mind blowing. Price per GB along with the performance makes this a great deal. Corsair has an amazing support site and forums, along with known reliability. Installation was fast and easy, just used acronis to clone my boot drive.
Cons: I can’t really find an issue to have a problem with, SSD is just so amazing and so cheap now. Now I can finally install things other than just my OS onto my main drive.
Overall Review: Even came with a sexy little black 2.5” conversion tray with the corsair logo on it. Red as the devil, I kinda like that. Benchmarked better than any drive I have yet to use. Would definitely recommend this drive for its speed, it seems to make everything just that much faster.
Pros: Very Fast
Small Form Factor (as with all SSD)
No moving parts
Cons: My first one failed after 2 days, it just stopped being recognized. Bios and windows couldn't see it. This was after i installed windows 8 fresh and all my programs to the drive. I'm glad I didn't reformat my WD Velociraptors with my other install of windows at that point yet. I've never really had a problem like this before, with 12 positive reviews I'm assuming I'm just unlucky. Great drive otherwise though, lets hope the replacement works as it should~
Overall Review: Just buy it.