Review: Corsair Force Series F60

Our score: 2/5
Reviewed: August 17, 2010 11:00 PM
Published: August 17, 2010 11:00 PM
By Vincent Lheur

The Corsair Force Series is yet one more range among those SSDs built around the SandForce SF-1222 memory controller. Will it offer the same performance levels as the OCZ Vertex 2 and Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS?

Everything's there on paper to make you believe you'll get the same performance levels as these other two top dogs: an SATA-2 interface at 3 Gbps and Micron memory. No USB interface has been built in to this SSD's casing, which doesn't facilitate copying data from an old drive you're replacing.

We tested the 60 GB version, the F60 then, with the full technical name of CSSD-F60GB2.

Corsair F60 PCB, with SandForce controller in the middle.

Pure performance

As of the first test carried out with CrystalDiskMark, we could see that the read performances were up there with the best. The write speeds, however, topped out at 66 MB/s:
 


 

Although surprising, these results are confirmed by the AS-SSD test:
 


 

Access times are a little down on the best SSDs but are still very rapid in comparison to HDDs:
 


 

Apart from certain specific transfers of large files, the Corsair F60's performance in practice shouldn't disappoint. Lets look at exactly what it gives...

Performance in practice

The PCMark Vantage score is not bad at all, though far from equaling the OCZ Vertex 2 or Intel X25-M:
 

 

In terms of the purely practical tests, note that performance falls off a little for installation of the Crysis demo. Otherwise it's similar to all other good SSDs.
 


 

In the end, while the Corsair F60 gets close to the quality you get from other SandForce SF-1222 SSDs, it isn't quite on a par with them. It lacks a little rapidity in writes to get top rating. It is nevertheless an excellent SSD.

 

2/5 Corsair Force Series F60 DigitalVersus 2010-08-18 00:00:00

Pros

  • Excellent read performance
  • Rapid for most usages

Cons

  • Write speeds top out at 66 MB/s
  • No USB connector (to clone a laptop drive easily)

Conclusion

A bit limited in writes, the F60 just misses out on a 5-star rating. It is nevertheless a good SSD.

OUR SCORE 2/5
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