Review: Corsair Force LS Reviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis Provided by: Corsair Model: Force LS 240GB Firmware version: MU02
Corsair is no stranger to Myce's members. Corsair has a wide product range, including PSUs, RAM, Cases, USB flash drives, AIO liquid coolers and many other high quality PC components. In this review I will be looking at their latest SSD, the Force LS.Corsair’s latest SSD is only available in Europe in three capacities, 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB which I will be reviewing.
Myce members will probably remember the review that Wendy did back in 2012 for the Neutron GTX SSD, again Corsair is looking at things in a different way, instead of using the SandForce controller they decided to use the Phison controller for the heart of their Force LS SSD and 19nm NAND from Toshiba to make an SSD that will come at an affordable price and at the same time try to get the maximum speed of the drive.
The Corsair Force LS SSD is a 2.5 inch drive, with a height of 7mm, which makes it compatible with any Ultrabook. The Force LS is SATA 6 GB/S and backwards compatible, with a three year warranty. As with most SSDs the numbers are measured with ATTO, and when it comes to ATTO tests, you should see figures reaching read speeds of 560MB/Sec and write speeds of up to 535MB/Sec for the 240GB SSD, but later on this review we will have the opportunity to have a more detailed look at the performance of the Force LS SSD.
You can visit Corsair's website to have a look at the facts and figures, and also spend some time looking at their wide range of high quality PC components, such as PSUs, Cases, RAM, SSD’s and many more can be found here.
Now let’s start this review.
Corsair Force LS 240GB SSD
Let’s start by taking a closer look at the package and what it comes shipped with.
As we can see Corsair has done a good job with their packaging, it’s small in size and also it’s very appealing to the eye. As you can see on front and the back of the box you will find some very basic information about the drive, such as its 7mm height, and thesize of the drive. For more info you can check the Corsair website, by clicking the link here. There isn't much inside the box, only a warranty card, the drive, and also four screws. One thing that I would like to see is a 3.5” adapter, this would have added some extra value to the Force LS SSD.
A closer look at the Corsair Force LS 240GB SSD
Top side of the Corsair Force LS SSD
Corsair continues pretty much with the style of front sticker that we have seen on the Neutron GTX, but with different colour for the Force LS.
Now let’s look at what’s inside the SSD.
On the top of the Corsair Force LS we find eight NAND made by Toshiba, a Phison Controller. the DDR3 memory chip, and also a lot of capacitors at the top right.
On the back we will find another eight 19nm NAND manufactured by Toshiba.
Here is a closer look at the Toggle NAND which is manufactured by Toshiba, using a 19nm process.
The PHISON PS3108-S8, below you can see all the features of the controller as they appear on the PHISON website.
Now let’s move on to the memory. The Corsair Force LS 240GB SSD has 512MB of DDR3, and the chip manufactured by Powerchip.
The following specifications are taken from the official Corsair website.
From the above table we can get a more detailed picture of the various sizes that the M500 is available in, and the performance that each size can give. As we can see the drive has MTBF of 1 million hours.
One final thing that it’s worth mentioning is the wide variety of form factors that the M500 is available in, from the standard 2.5” inch, to the widely spread mSATA, and also you can find it in the M.2 form factor.
In the above picture we can take a look at all the info that is available for the Corsair Force LS SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.