Date: Thursday , August 02, 2012
One of the common enthusiast complaints that we hear frequently from our readers is that there is no "personality" to the latest crop of SandForce SSDs. It seems that many SandForce SSDs from a wide multitude of vendors can behave similarly, especially if those utilize the same type of NAND.
The price of SSDs currently has become many consumers' primary motivator for purchasing one SandForce SSD over another, simply due to the lack of performance variability between the major manufacturers' models. Some will take into account the accessories in the package, but for most enthusiasts this is irrelevant, they are just looking for the best deal available. This creates a problem for SSD manufacturers, as features are needed to differentiate its products from the competition.
When it comes to personality, the Corsair Force GT 240GB definitely strides to set itself out among the crowd. It starts with the bright red color scheme to make this SSD stand out. Popping the top off this SSD, as we will do shortly, reveals other features that set this SSD apart from others.
Make no mistake; the Force GT is geared towards the enthusiast crowd where performance is the priority. Starting with an SF-2282 processor is a great means of providing top performance. This "engine" provides something that other SSDs using the standard SF-2281 simply cannot, the ability to access 32 NAND packages simultaneously. The typical SF-2281 cannot handle more than 16 NAND packages simultaneously, but is the mainstay for the vast majority of consumer SSDs. The SF-2282 is currently featured in only one other consumer SSD that we are aware of at this capacity point.
The more mainstream-oriented version of the Force 3 series of SSDs from Corsair use asynchronous NAND, while the Force 3 GT leverages the high performance IMFT synchronous NAND for highest performance and durability.
Interestingly enough we have also evaluated the Performance Pro from Corsair, which is its Marvell-powered option for the enthusiast-class market. This leads us into testing the LSI SandForce with IMFT NAND head-to-head with the Performance Pro with its Marvell controller and Toshiba Toggle NAND.
Of course there is only one way to find the "winner" for sure, and that is to put this bright red SSD through its paces in our steady state performance testing. Let's see if the Force GT with the LSI SF-2282 and synchronous NAND deliver on the promise of high performance.