Specifications, Pricing, Availability and Packaging
Corsair makes seven different model numbers that fall under the Force Series 3 umbrella. There are two different 60GB drives and then the full range of SF capacity points - 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The last two are the odd sizes, 90GB and the model we're looking at today, the 180GB.
The 180GB model is a unique consumer SSD since it uses the SF-2282 controller from SandForce. The reason Corsair chose to use this controller is because they needed the ability to use more physical flash chips on the PCB to achieve 192GB of total capacity. Of that 192GB capacity you get right around 180GB, the rest is used for processing data in the background and other assorted unique SandForce tasks.
Per the specifications we see a maximum read speed of 550MB/s and a maximum write speed of 520MB/s. Random 4K Write Maximum is quoted at 85,000 IOPS. In order to reach these speeds you'll need a SATA 6Gb/s port on your motherboard.
Newegg lists the Force Series 3 180GB at $209.99 at the time of writing. This is $20 less than the 180GB Force GT that we've already reviewed. Included in the package is a desktop adapter bracket and Quick Install Guide. Also included is a three year warranty.
The Corsair Force Series 3 packaging is the same across the product line other than the label on the front that shows the capacity size.
Corsair lists some general information on the back of the package, but doesn't give us any performance information.
The packaging is a bit thinner than the first Force Series 3 drive we reviewed last year. The new design moves the included desktop adapter bracket close to the drive's plastic holder.
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