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Corsair Force Series F120 120GB Solid State Drive Review

Final Thoughts
When I received this drive I expected it to be much like the F100 we reviewed back in June, but this drive not only performs better it also gives you an extra 20GB of space! You may not thing that 20GB is that much extra space but think of how many images or MP3’s take up 20GB of space. The 20GB of extra space really is nice and as I said in our testing the F120 did perform better. At 284MB/s read and 274MB/s write in ATTO Disk Benchmark the F120 is pretty much on par with the advertised speeds of 285MB/s read and 275MB/s read. It seems Corsair is so pleased with this drive they don’t even have the F100 listed on their site anymore. The higher capacity drives available are now the F120 (CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT), F160 (CSSD-F160GBP2-BRKT) and F240 (CSSD-F240GB2-BRKT).

It seems it is becoming standard, but I like that Corsair does include the mounting bracket. Many enthusiasts will not part with their old cases, many of which do not have 2.5-inch mounting systems so the inclusion of the mounting bracket is nice.

This is a SandForce-based drive so you do get the added features that the SandForce SF-1200 controller offers. The drive will do real-time loss-less compression. This is why there is no need for a cache chip, but also means less writes to the data cells. RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) is a term we have heard a lot with these new drives. So on top of ECC for data protection RAISE adds another level of security. This drive also supports TRIM.

One of the biggest things that has changed in the past couple of months is prices. When we reviewed the F100 it retailed for around $400. The F120 can be found online for $300! This is a great price, especially since you are getting the extra 20GB. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Force Series F120 120GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!

Pros:
– 284MB/s read and 274MB/s write in ATTO
– Best write scored in HDTune for a SandForce-based drive
– Included mounting bracket
– 3-year warranty

Cons:
– None that I found

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