Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD Review
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Sometimes you make a wish and Corsair makes it come true. Awhile back we reviewed the 180GB Corsair Force GT. What made that drive new and exciting was that it’s equipped with an LSI SandForce 2282 processor and 24 NAND flash chips. The 180GB Force GT performed very well and showed a noticeable performance increase due to the increased parallelism of the 2282 processor with 24 NAND flash chips. This amount of parallelism isn’t available from a 2281 processor because, a 2281 processor can access a maximum of 16 NAND flash chips. The 2282 processor has the ability to assess 32 NAND flash chips. After seeing first-hand what a 2282 equipped with more than 16 NAND flash chips could do, we wanted to see what 2282 equipped drive would be capable of with a full array of 32 NAND flash chips.
We and our affiliate both mentioned this to Corsair. Now I’m not saying that Corsair re-configured the 240GB Force GT just because we wished it so, but never the less Corsair did grant us our wish. The Corsair Force GT240GB now comes equipped with an LSI SandForce 2282 SSD processor AND 32 NAND flash chips! I didn’t even realize this until I cracked the drive open. We knew something was different about this drive because, we were getting crazy good numbers from the beast. The GT comes with 1.3.3 firmware on it which is 3 series LSI SandForce Firmware. There have been only 2 drives that we know of to break the 80,000 Vantage barrier with 3 series firmware this drive and, its sibling the afore mentioned 180GB Force GT. All the rest of the benchmarks were abnormally high for having 3 series firmware too. The oddest thing of all was, this drive actually read 100% incompressible data faster at a high queue depth level than it did 100% compressible data.
Opening the drive explained it all and, it was then we realized our wish was indeed granted us by Corsair. Corsair never mentioned anything to us about the new configuration implemented on the 240GB Force GT nor, can we find it referred to anywhere. Corsair should be making sure the world knows what they have done because, what they just did was catapult the Force 240GT into pole position for fastest 240GB MLC drive available. All that needs to be done to achieve this is, for Corsair to get some 5 series LSI SandForce Firmware for this beast. There is still the TRIM issue that LSI SandForce needs to fix on the 5 series firmware but, once that’s remedied I can see this drive challenging the 90,000 Vantage barrier. This would be our next wish……..hint, hint.
Now that we’ve whet your appetite, let’s get into the review.