Value and Conclusion
|9.4||Corsair's Force GS 240 GB is a great and well-performing solid state drive. It is built on the popular SandForce SF-2281 controller, paired with fast Toggle Mode flash chips, which are a first for Corsair. Corsair has promised improved performance, especially faster write speeds, but our real-world benchmarks showed very little difference. The drive performs at the same level as the OCZ Vertex 3 and Kingston HyperX, which both use a SandForce controller with Intel flash. Nevertheless, overall performance is outstanding and leads our performance charts; only Corsair's Marvell-based Performance Pro is 3% faster.|
Right now, the drive is available for US$220 on Newegg, which is a bit higher than competing SandForce drives, like the OCZ Vertex 3. OCZ's Vertex 4 also provides the same performance, is $10 cheaper, and comes with a 5-year warranty, whereas the Force GS has only 3 years. Personally, I don't think there is a difference between a 3- and a 5-year warranty for devices without moving components, but it will certainly add some peace of mind. Right now, the SSD market seems to be experiencing very aggressive pricing, so Corsair needs to adjust its pricing a bit to make the Force GS more competitive in the market in terms of not only performance, but also performance per dollar and gigabyte per dollar.