Corsair Force Series GT 180GB Solid State Drive

In continuing our series of SSD reviews, we're looking at a drive from Corsair, the 180GB Force Series GT.  As our last reviews were of drives in the 240-256GB range, we asked Corsair for some of their drives in the same range.  But alas, their marketing team didn't have any in stock, but they did have a 180GB drive available for us to test.  Knowing that performance of 120GB SSDs generally fall behind that of their 240GB brethren due to NAND configuration, I was skeptical towards the level of performance that this 180GB drive could push out.  But as this drive was from Corsair's fastest line of SSDs, Force GT, I decided to give it a chance ...and I ended up being surprised.


Specifications

Warranty Three Years
SSD Unformatted Capacity 180GB
Max Sequential Read/Write (using ATTO Disk Benchmark) 555MB/s read / 525MB/s write
Max Random 4k Write (using IOMeter 08) 85k IOPS (4k aligned)
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Form Factor 2.5 inch (9mm height)
Weight 80g
Power Consumption (active) 2.5w Max
Power Consumption (idle/standby/sleep) 0.6w Max

Included in the package of the Force Series GT is a black 2.5" to 3.5" mounting plate (just in case your case doesn't have any provision to mount a 2.5" drive).


Physical Drive Analysis

The first thing that grabbed my attention when unpacking Corsair's Force Series GT drive is its bright red exterior.  It's sports car red, and it screams speed.  Corsair must be trying to tell the world that this is their  fastest drive, especially with their other series of SSDs having relatively subdued colour schemes.  The enclosure is all metal, and is adorned with a big sticker on the top with product details on it.  

The long sides of the Force Series GT have two drive mounting holes each.  Unlike a sports car, the metal surfaces aren't smooth, instead it feels lightly pebbley to touch.


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