Author: Bob Buskirk
Well at first I was really unsure on how to even give you my opinion on this drive. Some of the results from the tests were good, but others were quite low. After many days of research I found out a few things about some of our benchmarking programs. We received very low sequential scores on CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD benchmark. This scared me at first, but I found out that sequential file transfer speeds have traditionally been low with both of these benchmarks, especially for SandForce controllers. So for these tests we should really concentrate on the IOPS performance (4K, 4K32 & 4K64). If we look at those results from those 2 tests the Corsair F100 performs extremely high compared to some of the other drives we have tested, which is really impressive.
Now I would assume that this is the case with the HDTune Pro read and write benchmarks, but I am unable to confirm that. I can tell you that this drive does live up to the hype as we could see from our other tests. ATTO Disk Benchmark and Sandra gave us great results and really shows the true speed of this drive. We maxed out at 280MB/s read and 241MB/s read, these are very impressive numbers and really show you the speed of the SandForce SF-1200 controller.
It will be interesting to see what numbers we get with the other SandForce drives we have coming in. This review was definitely a learning experience, that’s what’s great about reviewing the latest hardware available!
Right now you can only find the F100 at a few online retailers and the cheapest price I found was $409. Being that this is one of the fastest drives available that price sounds about right. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Force Series F100 100GB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score.
- 280MB/s read and 241MB/s write in ATTO
- Very high IOPS performance
- Available in large capacities (100/200GB)
- Two year warranty
- Limited availability at this time
- Low scores in HD Tune Pro