Corsair F100 Overview
The Corsair Force Series drive looks like any other solid state drive out there. It is a 2.5-inch drive and has an aluminum casing that will protect everything inside. On the front there is a sticker that tells you the capacity and that the drive is a Force Series drive.
If you flip the drive over it is all plain. There are 2 void if removed stickers on the bottom screws, but don’t worry we will be removing them to get inside the drive. Just like all 2.5-inch solid state drive you have your typical SATA power and data connections. This drive should not have any issue fitting inside at laptop either as most solid state drives fit perfectly.
Ok let’s get inside this drive and take a look at the SF-1200 controller! To do that just remove the 4 screws on the back of the drive and slide off the back, remember this does void your warranty! When you open the drive up you see 8 Micron flash chips, but where is the controller? We actually have to remove the entire PCB to do get a look at the controller.
To do this just remove 4 more screws and carefully pull the PCB out of the casing. Now when we flip it over we can get a good look at the SF-1200 controller which is centrally located on PCB. There are also 8 more Micron flash chips on this side giving you 16 total. One thing you may notice is that there is no dedicated cache chip on the PCB. From what we have read we do know that there is on board cache on the actually SF-1200 chip, but we are not sure how much. Having the cache on the actually controller will make this drive more efficient.
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