Version and / or Patch Used: 2012 1.5
Like the other SMI controlled SSDs we've tested, the Corsair Force Series LX does very well in our battery life test. In my first round of tests with this drive, I forgot to run the notebook tests. With twelve hours before the review hits the web, I realized I didn't have battery life data with the LX and had to sit and wait for this test to complete before going to bed. The test took over 275 minutes, which is a very good score...unless you are waiting until 4AM for it to complete. In all seriousness, Corsair released a great drive for notebook battery life.
The current crop of low cost SSDs is quite impressive compared to mainstream SSDs of the past. Over the years, we've seen some pretty poor examples of mainstream SSDs. Some examples still exist on the market, like Kingston's famous switcheroo V300 that started off with synchronous flash but eventually changed to asynchronous flash. The Transcend SSD340 we tested the other day put on a poor performance due to a funky firmware choice that didn't plague the Kingfast sample with the same JMicron controlled model.
At the same time, proven tech from years past is also trickling down to very low levels. The Corsair Force LX 256GB has an MSRP of just $129.99, but the Force GS with a LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller paired with Toshiba Toggle NAND is down to $144.99 at Newegg. The LX has the potential to cost significantly less, but it's difficult to not spend the extra money to get 2281 performance with Toggle flash and the full retail accessory package from Corsair.
The Force LX is still a beast when it comes to price to performance ratio. The LX also does very well when it comes to power consumption. It's almost difficult to imagine a 4-channel controller performing at these levels.
The lack of an accessory kit will be an issue for some. Corsair sells you the drive, but if you need a desktop adapter bracket or even a SATA cable, you need to provide it. Corsair does have an SSD Toolbox, though, and that includes a drive cloning feature. It's a nice feature to have when migrating from one drive to another.
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