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Corsair Force Series 3 180GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Corsair

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing


For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.


- Brief Methodology


SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.


Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.




HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading


We don't like the standard Vantage test and today's review is a very good example why we went out and designed our own. On the previous page we saw the Force Series 3 180GB delivering an almost identical performance to the Force Series GT 180GB.


Here, we see that when both drives are half full they both slow from their empty states. The big difference at 50% is how much more the Force 3 slows. At half full the Corsair Force Series 3 delivers about half the performance of the Force GT.

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