Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review – A budget SSD

 

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

As well as performing SSD endurance tests.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application. The SSD
benchmark tests many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K random
at different queue depths, and also sequential performance, but more importantly
than this, all using real test data.

Another very nice feature of Anvil’s SSD
benchmark is the fact that you can change the compression levels of the test
data. The compression levels of the data sets used for the tests can be varied
from 0% compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are even a few
data profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and also an
application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate real
application data being read and written to the SSD.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities is still in beta
at the moment, but the application is currently solid enough to use in this
article, and I have already verified the results obtained using an SATA
analyser.

I will include a screenshot of the review
drive, and all comparison results will be presented in the form of graphs. If
you would like to see screenshots of the test results obtained on the other
SSDs in this article, you can do so by following the link here.

I will also be testing three different
compression profiles, which are as follows.

  • 0 fill (100% compressible data)
  • Application simulation profile (46%
    compressed)
  • 100% (non compressible data)

 So let’s begin the tests.

0 fill

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review - A budget SSD
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD (0 fill)

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review - A budget SSD

Results
are ranked by highest total score.

The Corsair Force LX doesn’t like
compressible data, and also in this test it shows a slow overall performance.


Application profile

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review - A budget SSD
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD (application profile)

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review - A budget SSD
Results are ranked by highest total score.

In this test we start to see some
performance from the Corsair Force LX, the drive manages to get close to the
middle of the pack.


100% incompressible

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review - A budget SSD
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD (100% incompressible)

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review - A budget SSD
Results are based on the total highest score.

It’s clear that the Corsair Force LX likes to
handle incompressible data, and it not only beats the Force LS, but it’s also
able to give a better result than the Kingston HyperX 3K.


Summary

Corsair’s Force LX SSD is showing some very
good read speed but unfortunately the slow write speed continues to push the drive
away from the middle of the chart. Overall the Force LX is a drive that has
very good performance.

 

Now let’s head to the next page for some
real world tests….