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I just picked up one of these at Fry's earlier today:

http://www.corsair.com/ssd/force-ser...ard-drive.html



Installation was a breeze using O&O DiskImage 5. It fully supports SSD's and implements the proper partition offset when disk cloning so you end up with a properly aligned new SSD partition.

LINK: http://www.oo-software.com/home/en/p...age/index.html

I used the O&O boot DVD (WinPE based) and did a disk clone from my old Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB SSD to the Corsair. It took less than 10 minutes to clone 50GB worth of data.

I ran ATTO benchmarks with both the regular SATA Microsoft driver that comes with Win7 SP1 64-bit as well as the latest release of intel RST drivers from intel's web site (June 2011).

I was very surprised to see that there was not a significant improvement running the IRST drivers. I expected more from it. See the attachments for the results of both tests.

LINK for IRST drivers:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...ology&lang=eng

NOTE: These Force 3 120GB drives were recalled by Corsair a little while ago. This drive is one of the new ones which has supposedly fixed the BSOD problems some users were encountering. So far I have not had a BSOD, but I've only used it a few hours. I'll post an update to this topic if I have any problems with this drive.

Drive Specs:

Form Factor2.5”
Interface TypeSATA 3 6Gb/s
Unformatted Capacity120 GB
Read Performance (max)550 MB/s
Write Performance (max)510 MB/s
Random 4k write (max)85,000 IOPS (4k aligned)

The pic on the left is the Microsoft driver, on the right is intel RST.


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What's the first 4 digits of your serial? My Force 3 under-performs by about 20-50MB/s in reads and writes. I'm barely touching the 500MB/s mark.

EDIT: Ran some more tests and looked over my old marks; I'm getting 550MB/s in reads but I never passed 500MB/s in writes. Avg. write is in the 460MB/s mark.

SN# 1128XXXXX
Edited by xxpinoyxx - 7/29/11 at 1:30pm
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What's the first 4 digits of your serial? My Force 3 under-performs by about 20-50MB/s in reads and writes. I'm barely touching the 500MB/s mark.

EDIT: Ran some more tests and looked over my old marks; I'm getting 550MB/s in reads but I never passed 500MB/s in writes. Avg. write is in the 460MB/s mark.

SN# 1128XXXXX
Anything larger than 1123 is the newer drive. First four of mine are also 1128.
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Anything larger than 1123 is the newer drive. First four of mine are also 1128.
Update on BSODs, freezing, etc.? I'm in the market for a SATA III SSD (hopefully in the 120GB range) and am iffy about all the Sandforce-22xx drives, this model in particular.
    
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Update on BSODs, freezing, etc.? I'm in the market for a SATA III SSD (hopefully in the 120GB range) and am iffy about all the Sandforce-22xx drives, this model in particular.
I've had mine for about 2 weeks and so far I haven't experienced any type of problem (besides user configuration error). The Force 3s out in the market are as stable as it gets.
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No problems with my drive so far.
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Update on BSODs, freezing, etc.? I'm in the market for a SATA III SSD (hopefully in the 120GB range) and am iffy about all the Sandforce-22xx drives, this model in particular.
Go visit the Corsair support forums. All the drives using that controller have issues from Corsair to OCZ to Patriot. OCZ says it's more common on Intel systems to have the issues though.
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Go visit the Corsair support forums. All the drives using that controller have issues from Corsair to OCZ to Patriot. OCZ says it's more common on Intel systems to have the issues though.
Yes, they have definitely had problems with these drives, no question about that. I have had no problems so far with the updated Corsair F3 drive. I would advise anyone who buys one not to use the IRST driver for now. There is no substantial difference as presented in my review.

Actually, according to OCZ, most of the problems are with P67/Sandy Bridge. There are some recommended steps to avoid problems. See the OCZ forums for details.
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Yes, they have definitely had problems with these drives, no question about that. I have had no problems so far with the updated Corsair F3 drive. I would advise anyone who buys one not to use the IRST driver for now. There is no substantial difference as presented in my review.

Actually, according to OCZ, most of the problems are with P67/Sandy Bridge. There are some recommended steps to avoid problems. See the OCZ forums for details.
It looks like as long as I disable all power-saving features in Windows that affect the SSD, I should be good, yeah?
    
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(posted this in another thread but worth mentioning here too)

HOORAY! Ten minutes of idling my computer froze and explorer.exe crashed.

Thennnnn BLUE SCREEN! DOUBLE YAY!

My computer restarted and then couldn't detect my Force 3.



/mcg75isrightandIspoketoosoon

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