By Mike Clements
Force Series™ GT 180GB 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 — 525 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
Posted on March 7, 2012
Corsair Force GT 180GB SSD wins the "Editor's Choice" award at CircuitRemix
. "So to sum up everything, circuitREMIX strongly recommends Corsair's 180GB Force Series GT solid state drive. Performance is great for the price level of the drive, and support options are good. Consumers who are looking at buying a current generation 120GB SSD should consider getting the 180GB Force Series GT instead. The step up in price isn't big, and users would have gains in capacity and performance. circuitREMIX awards the Corsair's 180GB Force Series GT SSD with it's Editor's Choice award."Full 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!
Posted on May 1, 2012
Corsair Force GT 180GB SSD gets the Editor's Choice award at Hitech Legion
"Corsair's product line is synonymous with quality and the Force GT series SSD is no exception. For both desktop and laptop users, adding an SSD is probably the most significant upgrade you can do to improve system performance. The Force GT series ranges from 60GB all the way through 480GB so users have plenty of options to choose from within that single product line that matches their budget."Full Review!
By Jonny Guru
Posted on January 2, 2012
Corsair Force GT 180GB, 240GB and Performance Pro 256 SSD, all 3 gets the "Recommended" award at Legit Reviews
"Legit Bottom Line: Whether you prefer the consistent performance of a Marvell controlled drive or the raw speed of SandForce drives, Corsair has you covered with the Performance Pro and Force GT series of SSDs at capacities that suit your needs and wallet."Full Review!