The last few weeks were very exciting for
Solid State Drives. The arrival of PCIe and M.2 that can give speeds up to
10Gb/s shows the direction that consumer drives will be moving forward. Setting
aside all this, we need to see what is currently available to us. So far SATA
6Gb/s is here and it has also become more and more affordable, so there are no
excuses now for anyone having the OS installed on a spinning drive.
Corsair’s Force LX is an SSD that is more
focused on a low budget without having to compromise on the performance. The
Force LX is only available in two capacities, 128GB and 256GB, and in this
review I will be taking a closer look at the 256Gb SSD.
So let’s see if the Force LX SSD has what
it takes to deserve a place in our system. We’ll start by taking a look at the
package and its contents.
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD
As always I will be first examining the
packaging and its contents.
The front of the box has a different colour scheme from the Force LS.
and the back of the box
The Corsair Force LX shares pretty much the
same design as most of their SSDs, the main difference is the that Force LX
comes in two sizes, 128GB and 256GB, so now let’s see what is inside the box.
A closer look at the Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD
Top side of the Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD
Now let’s look at what’s inside the SSD.
at the top of the Corsair Force LX SSD we find four NAND chips made by Micron.
the back of the Corsair Force lX SSD we find another four 20nm NAND chips, the
MSI Controller, and the DDR3 RAM.
is a closer look at the 20nm NAND.
close look at the four channel SM2246EN, Silicon Motion controller.
DDR3 memory is manufactured by NANYA.
The following specifications are taken from
the official Corsair website, to find out more click here.
On picture below we can see some general
specifications for the Silicon Motion Controler, you can find more information
about the SM2246EN on the Silicon Motion website.
the above screen shot we see all the available info for the Corsair Force LX SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we
take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.