The Force GS enters the SSD market as Corsair’s entry model Toggle Mode NAND SSD candidate and it is one of the few to use SanDisk’s Toggle Mode NAND flash memory. By relying on Toggle Mode memory, Corsair is willing to bet that the Force GS Series will be able to provide both fast read and write high sequential performance as well as dynamite random write speed for an even better user experience.
Corsair Force GS Series SSDs are available in capacities of 180, 240, 260 and 480GB; Corsair relying on the current trend of lower SSD prices luring new buyers to higher capacities. Performance varies for different sizes and our sample drive is rated at 555MB/s read and 525MB/s write with 90,000 IOPS at 4k aligned random write disk access.
A quick check of Amazon shows pricing at $164.99 (180GB), $217.29 (240GB), $338.17 (360GB) and $440.37 (480GB) which brings it to about $0.90/GB for the 240GB sample we are looking at today. The Force GS family includes a standard three year warranty and packaging includes a 2.5″ to 3.5″ desktop adapter.
The Corsair GS 6Gbps SSD is built on an undersized PCB that contains the LSI SandForce 2281 Flash Storage Processor (FSP) and sixteen modules of SanDisk 24nm Toggle Mode NAND flash memory (SDZNPQBHER-016GT).
Each module is 16GB in size for a total RAW capacity of 256GB. LSI SandForce firmware needs, over provisioning and final formatting leave the end user with 224GB of available storage space.