By Mike Clements
Force Series™ GT 120GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State Hard Drive
Built for speed.You probably already know that solid-state drives are fast. With up to 85,000 IOPS and read speeds of up to 555MB/s, Force Series™ GT is on another level. There's fast, and then there's fast. Force Series™ 3 SSDs have even quicker read and write times when they're installed in PCs that use the latest SATA 3 6Gb/s interface.
Want the fastest SSDs that Corsair makes? Choose Force Series GT.
Built for speed
You probably already know that solid-state drives are fast. With up to 85,000 IOPS and read speeds of up to 555MB/s, Force Series GT is on another level. Whether you're building the ultimate gaming PC, a monster of a video or photo editing workstation, or you simply crave serious solid state storage performance, this is the SSD you want.
All the impressive performance numbers translate to this: disk operations up to four times faster than the fastest mechanical hard drives. Starting up your PC, launching applications, loading and saving large files and documents, and just about everything else you do with your PC is faster when you remove the bottleneck of old-fashioned hard drives.
The Force Series GT is particularly adept at moving compressed data. You'll appreciate this real-world benefit if you work with music, movie and graphics files.
SATA 3 speed and SATA 2 compatibility
Haven't yet moved to SATA 3? Like all Corsair components, Force Series GT SSDs are designed to last through several system upgrades. Adding a Force Series GT today means that you'll still get incredible storage performance now, and you'll tap into its full performance potential with your next upgrade.
Force Series GT SSDs feature support for the Windows® 7 TRIM command. This allows them to store only the data they need and perform memory optimization to ensure the fastest possible write speeds.
Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can handle shock, vibration and temperature changes far in excess of traditional hard drives. That's important for desktop PCs, and essential for notebooks.
Cool and quiet, with low power consumption
Traditional mechanical hard drives spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. This takes power, and generates noise and heat. Since SSDs have no moving parts, there's no noise or vibration, and the lower power consumption helps keep things cool inside your PC.
The 2.5" form factor allows for installation in most notebook PCs with no adapter required. If you're adding a Force Series GT SSD to your desktop PC, use the included 3.5" adapter to mount it in any standard hard drive bay.
- SATA 6GB/s
- Backward compatible with SATA II and SATA I
- Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista®, and XP; Macintosh OS X; Linux
- 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive bay
- SSD Shock: 1500 G
- SSD Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
- Power Consumption active: 2.5W Max
- Power Consumption Inactive: 0.6W Max
- SSD Sequential Read Write: Up to 555 MB/s read — 515 MB/s write
- Form Factor: 2.5 inch
Corsair SSDs with Zero Overprovisioning Space
Much has been written about overprovisioning and its implementation on SSDs. In short, overprovisioning, or OP, is a portion of storage space on an SSD that is reserved for use only by the SSD controller. The three most common uses for this space are wear leveling, the replacement of bad blocks, and read-modify-writes. Overprovisioning serves to help increase both the longevity and performance of SSDs and it is a very common practice among SSD manufacturers.
However, some users would like to be able to buy their SSDs without the built in overprovisioning and make the decision to OP, or not to OP for themselves. They prefer the flexibility of deciding for themselves when to OP and how much space to use based on their specific needs. Corsair has announced and is now offering SSDs without this overprovisioned space.
Corsair SSDs with overprovisioning space typically have used 7% of the total SSD storage capacity. This means that users now have a choice with these new drives to use them with or without overprovisioning. Users can manually overprovision the drives if they wish or, they can leave them at their full capacity with no overprovisioning and enjoy the extra space.
For users of 256GB SSDs, this means they can have an extra 16GB of storage capacity on their drive over the equivalent 240GB overprovisioned SSD. Of course, RAID users will benefit even more as the number of drives is increased.
In reading some of that aforementioned information about overprovisioning, I've found a great deal of very useful information over at Anandtech. Here's a diagram from one of Anand's SSD articles highlighting how overprovisioning works.
To OP, or not to OP. That is the question. Whether tis nobler to the PC performance...
Corsair SSD Toolbox
Corsair proudly brings you the Corsair SSD Toolbox. This helpful utility provides users with several powerful and useful tools for use with Corsair SSDs. Let's take a look. Download the Corsair SSD Toolbox HERE.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox will run on:
- XP SP3 (32-bit)...(64-bit version not supported)
- Vista 32-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Vista 64-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Win 7 32-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Win 7 64-bit w/ latest SP (all functions)
- Win 8 32-bit (TRIM is not supported, all others functions are)
- Win 8 64-bit (TRIM is not supported, all others functions are)
We have provided a detailed help file which can be accessed by clicking on the question mark symbol shown here circled in red on the upper left side of the screen.
This help file gives detailed information on each function of the SSD toolbox. Clicking the question mark will open the help file in a browser.
Your main screen at launch shows the drive information of single drives attached to the system. Other drives will appear in the drive information window but core functionality is restricted to authorized Corsair SSDs. RAID volumes will not be seen as single drives as the tool cannot address them individually. The "i" symbol will show you the toolbox version number and license agreement. The circular arrows will refresh the tool.
Individual drive information is shown in the center of the main window. When your SSD controller is in AHCI mode, you can update your SSD firmware from this page using the button circled in red below. The firmware update requires AHCI mode. AMD/nVidia chipset systems may require different storage drivers for proper operation. USB connected SSD drives must use SAT-capable cables/enclosures that support ATA/SAT-pass-through.
After you select firmware update the tool will scan your drive and check for firmware updates. If there is an update available, the dialogue will prompt you to update the firmware or cancel the operation.
Note: Firmware updates can only be executed when the SSD controller is in AHCI mode. Firmware updating via this toolbox is enabled for The Corsair Series Force 3, Force Series GT, Force Series GS, Neutron Series, and Neutron Series GTX SSDs. Earlier and EOL Corsair drives with firmware updates can be updated manually using the tools supplied on our website.
The next screen will prompt you to backup your data before updating your firmware. The updates are intended to be non-destructive but we strongly encourage users to back up any critical data before performance a firmware update. If you wish to continue, press Apply.
Once your drive is updated, close the toolbox window using the close button.
Note: Corsair recommends that users update their OS drive as attached storage when possible. Some systems will require the SSD to be disconnected briefly before the new firmware version will appear in the Drive Information window.
Additional functions can be activated with the column of buttons down the left side of the toolbox. Corsair is now producing SSDs that do not have factory overprovisioning. For users that desire to manually overprovision their drives, we have provided a function for this. Overprovisioning your drive can contribute to maintaining better performance and adding longevity to your SSD.
Users desiring to monitor the S.M.A.R.T status on their drives can do so using the S.M.A.R.T. button. Find more details on Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology here.
We have a disk cloning feature under development. At the time of this article, this feature is not complete but it is expected along very soon. For now as you can see, it's under construction. This feature will allow users to easily clone to and from their Corsair SSDs.
Users have asked for a feature to allow them to manually send a TRIM command to their drives and to also schedule a TRIM operation so that they can optimize their SSD's performance.
SSD users also occasionally have need to perform a secure erase operation. The tool allows for this in one easy step.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox is extremely useful and versatile. We're confident that our customers will find it very useful and see it as an added value to a superb Corsair SSD.
By Mike Clements
By Mike Clements
By Mike Clements
By REDLine PC
Posted on February 27, 2012
The 120GB Force GT SSD wins the Recommended award from REDLine PC in Portugal
Publication language is Portuguese: The 120GB Force GT SSD wins the Recommended award from REDLine PC in PortugalFull Review!
Posted on August 7, 2011
Corsair 120GB Force GT wins the "Best in Test" award at Sweclockers
Publication language is Swedish: A great result to end the week – we win the “Best In Test” award from Sweclockers (Sweden) for the 120GB Force GT.Full Review!
By PC for Alla Extreme
Posted on August 21, 2011
PC for Alla Extreme recommends the Corsair ForceGT 120GB SSD
Publication language is Swedish: PC for Alla Extreme recommends the Corsair ForceGT 120GB SSDFull Review!
By Overclockers Club
Posted on July 20, 2011
Corsair Force GT series SSD 120Gb wins the "Gold" award at OverclockersClub.com
"Having tested this drive, it is without doubt that an SSD can potentially give your computer a viable performance boost. In case you are still skeptical, let me put it this way – the upgrade in speed that you get from installing an SSD, like the Corsair Force GT, is like the 100 horsepower boost you'd get from adding a 100 shot nitrous system into your car!"Full Review!
Posted on July 9, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD wins the "Editor's Choice" award at Metku.net
“The Corsair Force GT is without a doubt one of the fastest S-ATA SSDs on the market today. It looks like it's going to stay that way, too, because it just about saturates the S-ATA 3 connection with its 500 MB/s write and read speeds. So if you've been putting off your SSD-purchase because there's always been a faster generation just around the corner, this excuse doesn't really work anymore.”Full Review!
Posted on January 16, 2012
Syndrome OC in France recommends the Corsair Force 120GBGT SSD
Publication language is French: Syndrome OC in France recommends the Corsair Force 120GBGT SSDFull Review!
Posted on July 22, 2011
Corsair Force GT SSD 120GB scores 4/5 and wins the "Performance" award at Hexus.net
“Somewhat surprisingly, Corsair's Force GT doesn't aim for the top - it instead chooses to sit between the aforementioned drives with a £200 asking fee and excellent overall performance. Outfitted with 25nm synchronous NAND, the Force GT can struggle to keep up with rival solutions armed with Toshiba's premium Toggle Mode NAND, but the drive's ability is nonetheless impressive and it's comfortably quicker than the Force Series 3 in almost all of our benchmarks. Put two together in RAID and the results can be staggering.”Full Review!
Posted on July 18, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB scores 5 out of 5 and wins the "Gold" award at Xtremehardware.It
Publication language is Italian: "With a quality / great price, top performance, a very nice design and high build quality, we can only give a deserved full marks, as the Corsair GT Force, was an excellent drive."Full Review!
By Alla Extreme
Posted on July 26, 2011
Corsair Force GT series SSD 120GB wins the "Dam Good" award at Hardware Canucks
). "In the end, the Force GT 120GB may not be the best SSD currently on the market but it offers high performance at a fraction of the 240GB version’s cost while retaining all of the class leading features Sandforce’s SATA 3 controllers are known for. If you are currently in the market for a sub-$350 SSD, this one should be near the top of your list. "Full Review!
Posted on July 7, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD wins the "Performance Award" at Hardware Heaven
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD scores 10 out of 10 and wins the "Performance Award" at Hardware HeavenFull Review!
Posted on July 28, 2011
Corsair Force GT Series SSD 120GB wins the "Recommended" award at Guru3D
“The sheer peak performance, and then the sustained performance throughput of the GT is outrageously fast. If you put a drive like this into your SATA 3 compatible laptop or SATA 3 compatible PC, you'll have no idea what is about to hit you.” “We foresee that ASUS users with a black / red themed PC will absolutely adore the red color scheme of the drive as that would match really well. It's a great SSD which we loved testing, the performance will blow you away no matter what application you'll launch from it.”Full Review!
Posted on October 21, 2011
Corsair 120GB ForceGT SSD wins the Gold award at Gamestar
Publication language is German: Corsair 120GB ForceGT SSD wins the Gold award at Gamestar in GermanyFull Review!
Posted on July 22, 2011
Hardware.no recommends the Force GT SSD 120GB
Publication language is Norwegian: Corsair Force GT series SSD wins the "Recommended" award at Hardware.noFull Review!
Posted on October 28, 2011
Corsair 120GB Force GT SSD scores 4.5/5 and wins the "Gut" award at SSD-Test in Germany
Publication language is German: SSD-Test in Germany has tested the 120GB Force GT, and it scores 4.5 / 5 and wins the "Gut" award.Full Review!
Posted on August 30, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD gets the "Super Produkt" award at Benchmark.pl
Publication language is Polish: “As befits a drive aimed at enthusiasts, it provides the highest performance that producers are able to muster from SATA III (6Gb / s).”Full Review!
By PC World Norway
Posted on July 9, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD receives the "Gold" award from Hardware-Test in Denmark
Publication language is Danish: “The flaming red Corsair GT series is made for SATA-600, and is capable of blistering speeds due to the SandForce 2200 controller. If you need a new hard drive for your OS that can move your data around with no delays, the Force GT series is definitely worth considering.”Full Review!
By Legit Reviews
Posted on September 9, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD scores 4.5/5 at InformaticaEasy.net
Publication language is Italian: Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD scores 4.5/5 at InformaticaEasy.netFull Review!
By Overclockers Club
Posted on February 12, 2012
Muropaketti in Finland compares the performance of different capacities of Corsair ForceGT SSDs
Publication language is Finnish: Muropaketti in Finland compares the performance of different capacities of Corsair ForceGT SSDsFull Review!
By Legit Reviews
Posted on July 15, 2011
Corsair ForceGT 120GB SSD gets both the "Editor's Choice" award and scores 10 out of 10 at VR Zone
"When it comes to value, Corsair�s Force GT 120GB drive appears to be a sensible choice. It is only slightly more expensive than drives using the older SF-1200 controller and priced similarly to other drives using the SF-2281 controller, while it comes with a 3 year long manufacturer warranty. It is the only red SSD drive currently available too, which might make it a favorite among modders and hardcore enthusiasts. At the time of this review, the Corsair Force GT drive certainly is one of the fastest SSD drives money can buy."Full Review!
Posted on July 26, 2011
Corsair Force GT series SSD 120GB wins the "Goed" award at Tweakers.net
Publication language is Dutch: Tweakers.net gives the Corsair Force GT series SSD the "Goed" award.Full Review!
Posted on July 27, 2011
Corsair Force GT SSD 120GB receives the "Excellent Hardware" award at TweakPC
Publication language is German: “Even if the 240 GB versions of the SandForce SF-2200 SSDs are faster, the performance of the Force GT 120GB is really high, so it earns a Performance award. With its Sync NAND it is at the very top tier of current 120GB SSDs.”Full Review!
Posted on April 8, 2011
Corsair Force GT SSD 120GB receives 5 stars from Nexthardware.com
“In light of the excellent performance in our tests, and considering the overall quality of components used and the three-year warranty offered, we assign the two Corsair SSDs our highest award.”Full Review!
Posted on December 8, 2011
Corsair ForceGT SSD 120GB wins the "Performance" and scores 4.5 out of 5 at PurePC.pl
Publication language is Polish: Corsair ForceGT, Overall, it scores 4.5/5 and wins the “Performance” award.Full Review!
Posted on October 24, 2011
Corsair 120GB Force GT SSD wins the Gold award at HWLegend
Publication language is Italian: Corsair 120GB Force GT SSD wins the Gold award at HWLegendFull Review!
By Professional Review
Posted on September 8, 2011
Corsair ForceGT SSD 120GB wins the "Best Performance" award at PClabs.com
Publication language is Turkish: Corsair ForceGT SSD 120GB wins the "Best Performance" award at PClabs.comFull Review!
By PC World France
Posted on September 18, 2011
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD wins both the "Best inTest" and "Recommended" award at TechSweden.org
Publication language is Swedish: “Corsair has launched a power monster!”Full Review!
Posted on December 7, 2011
Corsair Force 120GBGT wins the "Editor's Choice" award at Hot Hardware
Corsair Force 120GBGT receives the "Editor's Choice" award at Hot Hardware / CPU MagazineFull Review!