Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Review

Force Series GT Overview
The first thing you are going to notice about the Force Series GT drive is the color.  It is a bright red, which is really going to stand out inside of your case!  The red color is a good way for Corsair to differentiate the drive from other solid state drives out there.  On the front of the drive there is a sticker that list the capacity and part number etc.

Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive

The back is all plain and you have 4 mounting holes used to secure the drive inside of your case.  Like all solid state drives you have your basic SATA data and power connectors on the end of the drive.

Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive

Now it is time to void our warranty!  Let’s get inside this drive!  To do so remove the 4 small screws on the back of the drive and the casing will come right off.  Once inside we can see that the drive is being powered by the SandForce SF-2281 controller, more specifically the SF-2281VB1-SDC chip.  While most drives using this controller are rated with speeds up to 500MB/s read / write the Force Series GT boasts speeds of up to 555MB/s read and 515MB/s write!

Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid-State Drive

Taking a look at the NAND chips they are Intel 25nm 29F64G08ACME2 8GB chips.  There are 8 on the front and if we remove the PCB from the casing completely there are 8 more giving you a total of 16 chips.  If you are quick to do the math that is 128GB.  This is a 120GB drive so the extra 8GB is used for over-provisioning.

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