In 2010 Intel released a 120GB X25-M SSD on the consumer market to fill their gap between the 80GB and 160GB models. The 120GB capacity mark doesn't seem all that strange to us now because we've seen this size on SandForce based products for a long time. In order for Intel to achieve the 120GB mark they used eight flash chips, four from the 80GB capacity size and four from the 160GB capacity size. The drive was faster than the X25-M 80GB model, but not as fast as the 160GB model.
When I first heard about the Corsair Force Series GT 180GB I expected to see the same path taken, half of the chips the same density as found on the 120GB drive and half with higher density 240GB chips. It was from my past experience that I wasn't even going to take a look at the new 180GB models. Eventually a run of mediocre drives hit the lab and I wanted to see something built to a higher standard in terms of quality. That is when I started digging into the 180GB capacity size and when I first cracked the case I learned about the new configuration using the SF-2282 controller.
What Corsair has done is fill the gap without compromising on performance. The 120GB drives have that nasty brick wall that in some situations you see, mainly when copying large amounts of data to or from your boot drive. Working with incompressible data is also an area that you see a reduction in performance. If Corsair would have followed Intel's lead on the 120GB X25-M then the performance would alternate between high and low as data is moved to or from the different flash chips. By using the same flash on all 8 channels the Force GT 180GB doesn't have those massive flow issues.
The SF-2282 in and of itself is a bit of a novelty too with its ability to access twice the physical chips as the base 2281. I still want to see one of these drives with access to a full 32 chips; hopefully that is what arrives tomorrow on my first 480GB SandForce drive. As you can tell I'm quite excited!
The Corsair Force Series GT 180GB fits comfortably inside the gap left open between the 120GB and 240GB capacity sizes. This is in both performance and cost. On the performance side I would much rather have the 180GB drive over a 120GB because that wall is lifted in some of the things I do quite often.
Fitting right in the middle of the price points too is a nice feature and at just over $200 with a mail in rebate we can make a strong argument for this drive since many other 120GB models are hovering around this same price point. All things considered, if you are thinking about a 120GB, but have a little more to invest, then the 180GB Force Series GT is a smart choice. You get the extra capacity and the performance that goes with it.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [Corsair Force GT 180GB SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- New Google Pixel 2 leak: The headphone jack is gone
- Meizu unveils Pro 7: Dual camera, secondary display
- Visceral's Star Wars game on schedule for 2018 release
- The first official pictures of Radeon RX Vega leaked
- AMD Vega 20 with 32GB of HBM2 teased with Vega 10/11/12
- FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review
- Fnatic Gear RUSH G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
- Asrock A88M-G/3.1 + A10-7860K = freezes in the idle state
- ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G: Mid-Range On The Cheap
- AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 CPU Review
- Toshiba introduces TR200 SATA retail SSD series with 64-layer 3D flash memory
- Need for Speed Payback takes cars from scrap to stock to supercar in new trailer
- Visbit releases Unity SDK and web VR player for its all-in-one VR streaming service, bringing high quality VR streaming to the masses
- GWENT Gamescom 2017 tournament announced
- Toshiba NVMe SSDs now available with Lenovo's new ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers