We first got our hands on a SandForce-based drive when Corsair was nice enough to send us their F100 solid state drive. We were very excited and anxious to see the performance boost from the traditional Indilinx Barefoot drives we had been reviewing for the past year. Recently we have seen many extended capacity drives, meaning there is less over-provisioning in order for a larger capacity drive. Many people think that 20GB is not that much extra space, but when it comes down to it, it really is. Also prices have dropped quite considerably in the past few months. At the time we reviewed the F100 it retailed for around $400 and now you can get the F120 for around $300! Let’s take a look at this drive!
– Maximum sequential read speed 285 MB/second
– Maximum sequential write speed 275 MB/second
– Random 4K write performance of 50,000 IOPS (4K aligned)
– Latest generation SandForce controller and MLC NAND flash for fast performance
– Internal SATA II connectivity
– TRIM support (O/S support required)
– No moving parts for increased durability and reliability and quieter operations over standard hard disk drives
– Decreased power usage for increased notebook or netbook battery life
– 2.5″ form factor for your portable computer needs
– Included 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket for installation on your desktop computer (Not included on F40)
– Three year warranty
The F120 comes in a nice small package that is not much larger than the drive itself. On the front of the package there is a picture of the drive and a capacity listing. On the back there is some information about the drive.
Opening the package up inside you will find the F120 drive, mounting bracket and mounting hardware. I like that Corsair has included the mounting bracket. Most old cases and even some new cases do not have 2.5-inch hard drive mounting systems.