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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III SSD Solid State Drive - 184.99 AR + FS
$214.99 - $30 MIR = 184.99
Corsair’s Force Series GT uses the new SandForce SF-2280 controller with native support for SATA 6Gb/s, combined with ONFI synchronous flash memory. Force Series GT SSDs deliver outstanding read/write performance and significantly faster system response, boot times, and application load times than SATA 2 solid-state drives, with out-of-box performance of up to 85K Random Write IOPS, read speeds of up to 555MB/s. 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.
"Memory is the key difference between the Force GT and Force Series 3 as the Series 3 utilizes Micron 25nm asynchronous NAND flash whereas the GT uses synchronous NAND flash memory. Each memory chip is 8GB in capacity for a total of 128GB, however one module is dedicated to SandForce over provisioning and firmware needs which reduces capacity to 120GB. Formatting of the GT then results in 112GB storage capacity available to the user. Asynchronous NAND flash memory is relatively new to the world of consumer SSDs and we first saw it with the OCZ Agility and now recognize its appearance in the Force Series 3. Asynchronous memory is much cheaper than the synchronous flash utilized in the Force GT and async NAND now provides us with a more cost effective consumer solution in SSD migration."
The downfall, of course, is performance where async memory does not handle incompressible data very well at all.
The Corsair Force GT performs much better than the Force Series 3 although both are SATA 3;
The Corsair Force Series 3 has a significantly lower price point than the Force GT at the same capacity.