We look at a lot of SSDs around here, maybe even more than anyone else in the world. LSI SandForce isn't going to let anyone make a really bad drive... aside from asynchronous drives, but that's another story. The point is, there is a starting point and LSI SandForce has that bar set pretty high just to get in the game. We see a lot of starting point drives and they are very good. What we don't see enough of are exceptional drives. The Corsair Force GT 240GB is one of the exceptions to the rule, a drive that on paper matches other products, but in real-world delivers just a little bit more. When shopping for an SSD, as long as the money is comparable, I'd choose the faster option any day... even if it is just a little bit faster.
What we've shown today is not going to play across the entire Corsair Force GT product line when compared to all of the Force GS product line. The 240GB Force GT is a rare build with a special configuration. The Force GS 120GB should outperform the Force GT in the exact same tests where the Force GT 240GB outperforms the Force GS 240GB. Since our review of the Force GS 240GB a few weeks ago we've had a lot of emails asking us to answer the question we posted in the GS review, which one should you buy.
Today we've shown that for the 240GB capacity size the Force GT is a little faster across the board. The Force GT 240GB also has a price of just $170 after a mail in rebate, the Force GS 240GB has a $209 price without a rebate so once again, the Force GT 240GB takes another major category.
Both drives ship with the same warranty, accessories and use the same 9.5mm z-height case so there isn't an advantage either way as far as that goes. There is one metric we haven't discussed and that is power. With 32 NAND flash chips the Force GT pulls more power across the board, idle, random read, random write, sequential read and sequential write. In a notebook you are running C-State heavy so performance is actually limited artificially by your OS and notebook hardware. This saves the battery duty cycle and increases battery life. On a desktop we turn all of that off and could care less about a couple of amps here and there for storage products. In a notebook though, the Force GS 240GB is one of my leading drives right now in our new power test methods we are currently putting together to add to our storage product reviews.
The Corsair Force GT 240GB has superior performance and price when compared to the Force GS 240GB when both drives are running the same firmware. If you want to know which one to buy in this capacity size right now for desktop use, the Force GT 240GB is where to put your money.