Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD Review (SATA 3, 6Gbps)

The Corsair Force Series 3 SSD is one of the newer high-performance SATA 3 and price-wise affordable SSDs in the market. For this reason, I just picked one up for my desktop computer and ran a few tests on it and also on a Macbook Pro to see how this drive performs.

 

My Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD

Instead of a lengthy document showing all the specs and multiple pages of benchmarks, I’ve decided to keep things simple and note only the key points I consider worth mentioning. If you need a fully blown review with specs, please visit a professional benchmark/review site separately.

The drive itself is pretty lightweight and with the sound of a rather thin steel covering, it has a basic (instead of a premium) feel to it in hand. The drive also came with a very simple 3.5″ adapter tray.

On paper, the Force 3 drive shines with its 6Gbps SATA 3 interface and up to 500+ MBs of read and write speed. Unfortunately, real-world performance falls short of these numbers and a bit off my expectations but still, it is a good performer and excellent value considering the price.

To back up my words, I am including 2 basic benchmark screenshots in both Windows and on a Mac.

 

1. ATTO Benchmark in Windows 7, Hitachi 1TB 7200rpm HDD (SATA 2, 3Gbps) vs Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD (SATA 3, 6Gbps)

 

 

This comparison clearly shows the transfer rate advantages of a SATA 3 SSD drive (380MB/s read, 460MB/s write) compared to a regular SATA 2 7200rpm HDD (120MB/s read, 120MB/s write) most people have in their desktop computers.

 

2. Xbench on the Mac OS (both on SATA 2), Toshiba 256GB SSD vs Corsair Force Series 3 SSD

 

 

While the Apple branded Toshiba 256GB SSD is a strong performer, the Corsair Force 3 drive still outperforms it even on the slower SATA 2 interface of the 2010 Macbook Pro. Since most Macbook Pro users have the standard 2.5″ HDD installed, it’s best to compare it with your own Xbench results to see the performance difference.

 

Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD

 

Installed on my desktop, I immediately recognized the speed enhancements of the SSD drive. Windows 7 startup and shut down times are a lot faster and applications just open upon clicking.

With prices at around $179 after rebate, this drive is an excellent value for the performance and I’m happy running this as my desktop’s main drive.

 

6 Responses to Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD Review (SATA 3, 6Gbps)

  1. imamiscool says:

    What a great review, yet simple,

    At first, I just wondering whether this sata 3 SSD will run properly on sata 2 macbook pro, and your review (last picture) told everything..

    Thanks

    • David says:

      Yes, SATA 3 drives run absolutely fine on SATA 2 controllers. Although SATA 3 drives won’t be running at their max speed, it’s still a better choice since they perform better than SATA 2 drives on SATA 2 controllers anyways.

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