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Corsair Force Series GT Red 180GB (6Gb-s) SATA 3 SF2200 controller Synchronous SSD (CSSD-F180GBGT-BK) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Corsair Force Series GT Red 180GB (6Gb/s) SATA 3 SF2200 controller Synchronous SSD (CSSD-F180GBGT-BK)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 272 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Speed4.6   average
Quality4.5   average
Installation4.3   average
Windows4.2   above average
Boot3.9   average
Read3.8   average
Controller2.5   average
Firmware2.5   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"But the thought of computer randomly restarting and telling me that the boot device is missing is a thought I couldn't bear."
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"Then it said that the boot medium was missing or something to that sense."
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"Every other boot up would fail."
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"I just finished installing the new Corsair Forc e GT 240 g Sata 3 drive...All I can say so far is WOW..I removed a 450 GB Veloci Raptor drive..I loved that drive but this is so much faster...I timed the boot from dead stop to windows with severaL START UP ITEMS RUNNING AND TOOK ABOUT 30 SECONDS."
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"I have loved having this SSD in my kit, makes startup a breeze and pairs well as the boot disk for my system with my 1 TB drives."
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"However my benchmarks with the drive at 95% FULL were READ: 495-503 MB s WRITE: 125-138 MB s. Their are drivers slightly faster and if your looking for great boot times and just speed of opening programs the IOPS is what really matters."
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"The speed of this SSD is not a joke, used it as boot drive and it boots my computer from cold shutdown to usable state in 14 seconds... Would really recommend it to those who are building their system and need a fast boot drive [only], well you can also install a couple of programs, games and some other stuff inside a 60GB drive but I have a 7200 RPM 2TB storage drive so I'm not worried about that."
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"I am having to go through a lot of nonsense upgrading my vaio ROM BIOS to facilitate AHCI functionality and install a dual boot vista win7 operating system just to be able to run the basic TRIM command."
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"SSD's are great for speeding up your boots and loading of programs as well as the relatively smaller files you use on a regular basis."
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Controller

Controller:
"Corsair has a sticky on their forum about this issue but the more you read, the more complicated it gets and the more you learn that other than live with the issue, there is probably not much that can be done as the problem may be related to the Sandforce controller."
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"Do a little research into your SATA controller on your motherboard, however, it sounds like Corsair drives don't play well with Marvel controllers, but they work great with Intel and AMD."
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"Corsair support tried to blame the problem on the SandForce controller."
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"If you didn't know, this SSD has a few bonus GB's which are unavailable to the but the controller uses for wear leveling etc."
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"Also, I have read online that this drive *MAY* give you problems if you have a MARVELL controller."
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"Came with the latest firmware out of the box and contrary to common belief that sandforce controllers are sub-standard I just have to say I haven't run into any problem."
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"Samsung has a great SSD Memory Controller and provides excellent SSDs that have a great reputation for reliability."
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"In order to get the maximum speeds you must have a compatible SATA 3 drive controller and most new generation mother boards have this feature."
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"You're getting reliable controllers that will last you all the way until you upgrade to a motherboard with SATA3 ports to unlock even more speed."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"It is on the latest firmware (5.05) and the 240 came preloaded with 5.06 which is unavailable to download."
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"It came with latest firmware (1.3.3) out of the box and there was no problem or BSOD happened to me."
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"Even with updated drivers and updated bios firmware, pretty disappointing."
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"ORIGINAL POST:A new drive ought to work new and not be replaced with a used one to fix a problem or the firmware update ought to work."
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"Win 7 pro 64 bit (upgraded same time)only change I made with this upgrade is changed IDE to ACHI in bios setting, and after installing everything I updated the SSD to firmware 1.3.3And its been 4 days not even a single problem."
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"Problem from the start BSOD and after I did the firmware upgrade (recommended by OCZ forum) Win7 would not install."
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"Installation was a breeze, it was designed for laptops but it comes with a little mounting bracket for desktop computers that takes less than a minute or so to put on, no firmware was necessary, so I was able to immediately install Windows 7 to it."
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"Excellent product, install it without any problem, I had to update firmware, you enable AHCI in your choice of SATA, and it worked perfect, pretty fast, and starts off almost inmdiato, programs open faster, everything works as describes the product."
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"Even with updated drivers and updated bios firmware, pretty disappointing."
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"They have great customer service and easy firmware updates for Mac users."
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"It was shipped with the latest firmware 1.3.3.Installation was quite easy, as I was doing a fresh install of Windows 7."
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Installation

Installation:
"But the downside is I only have about 50-60GB left of memory after windows installation."
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"The only issue with the 120gb version of the drive is that, after being formatted and installing Windows 7 ultimate you only have about 80 gigs of free space which is great for most people but after installing Left 4 Dead 1&2, all of the Sims 3 made up until now, and some adobe programs you really start itching for more space."
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"Do not recommend installing this item in older computers for performance gains only unless:you are running windows 7 for the TRIM command, which is the only way to truly delete empty the trash can of your new Solid State Drive, otherwise it just runs out of space because of the build up of trash and grinds to a slow halt; and that your ROM BIOS has the ability to have AHCI enabled, TRIM command will not work unless you can enable this facility."
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"As long as you're just installing an OS it, the size shouldn't be a problem."
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"Exactly as advertised and works flawlessly great, easy installation."
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"Installing an SSD is one of the best investments you can make to improve overall system performance."
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"I'm not a fan of migrating installations but this worked pretty well."
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"Installation is easy for anyone that has experience installing hardware."
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Price

Price:
"While it does run circles around any hard drive, my testing shows only about 280 MB sec transfer rate out of this drive, where my OCZ pushes 480+.Like I said, it easily outperforms a standard HDD, but for the price, it doesn't perform as well as OTHER SSDs."
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"Downside price per GB is still very high... but I predict Black Friday we will see great Amazon deals on SSD... ALSO... and you WILL have to add a secondary drive most likely a conventional Hard Disk to back anything up... and save large music and video files..."
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"Well worth the money! "
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"Nice SSD for my computer and it's a good price and size."
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"When it works it is faster, but a cheap standard HD is much more reliable than this one! "
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"Still, it deserves 5 stars because it sits at a good price point."
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"First off, if money were no object, this would be an extremely good drive."
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Quality

Quality:
"I used to think that corsair was a quality beams but this is second SSD that I hand had fail from then."
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"Worked very well for me, the performance difference was huge, no issues with quality a year later."
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"cooling, again high quality products, easy installation and no problems."
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"If you are looking, look no further, for the cost this drive is amazing and from what I have seen on reviews it has better quality than some of the other cheaper brands."
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"Build quality appears to be great!"
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"Corsair may be new to the game but their reputation is excellent for sdram so I'm sure they will bring that level of quality through with them."
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Read

Read:
"Read performance is very chunky and also severely slows down loading of large file games."
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"Around 50 million errors under raw read errors and ecc correction."
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"Also, I have read online that this drive *MAY* give you problems if you have a MARVELL controller."
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"reads & writes 500mb **** really no problems here.!"
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"Great SSD, it's thinner than my older force gt (never read anything about that, just when it arrived that i noticed), and works perfectly."
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"I have read similar reviews on different manufactures as well, maybe SSD are not stable enough yet?"
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"With everything I've seen and read, these Corsair SSDs are pretty much bulletproof, they'll last longer than standard platter hard drives, they are way faster and with the recent price spike in HDDs, the price difference between the two is as low as it has ever been, and SSD prices continue to come down."
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"Everything you've heard about their performance effect is true; SSD's especially the newer SATA III ones with a good IOPS and read write speeds are just unreal (>55000,>450 400)."
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Speed

Speed:
"I was unhappy with the computer's performance and thinking about buying more ram... My brother-in-law told me to start with a SSD and see if I needed the extra ram."
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"I have absolutely no complaints with its speed or performance."
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"While it does run circles around any hard drive, my testing shows only about 280 MB sec transfer rate out of this drive, where my OCZ pushes 480+.Like I said, it easily outperforms a standard HDD, but for the price, it doesn't perform as well as OTHER SSDs."
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"Do not recommend installing this item in older computers for performance gains only unless:you are running windows 7 for the TRIM command, which is the only way to truly delete empty the trash can of your new Solid State Drive, otherwise it just runs out of space because of the build up of trash and grinds to a slow halt; and that your ROM BIOS has the ability to have AHCI enabled, TRIM command will not work unless you can enable this facility."
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"Mind you, it's still faster, just not as wonderfully fast."
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"Fast & reliable."
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"Worked very well for me, the performance difference was huge, no issues with quality a year later."
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"Easy to install and seriously fast."
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"It's very fast and reliable."
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"Easy install and very fast! "
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Windows

Windows:
"But the downside is I only have about 50-60GB left of memory after windows installation."
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"Windows 8 has no problem with it either."
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"upon doing a bunch of tests and investigations it became apparent that the problem is that whenever windows is actively reading, and writing, to 2 drives at once, it gets a tiny bit choppy... which in terms of playing games or video editing, can be maddening."
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"One of the SSD failed, so ruining the entire RAID for the nature of RAID0.So I sent the failed one to Corsair for replacement, and installed Windows on the remaining one."
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"I just finished installing the new Corsair Forc e GT 240 g Sata 3 drive...All I can say so far is WOW..I removed a 450 GB Veloci Raptor drive..I loved that drive but this is so much faster...I timed the boot from dead stop to windows with severaL START UP ITEMS RUNNING AND TOOK ABOUT 30 SECONDS."
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"i run windows xp in a 4 yoars old laptop and it is doing great job so far."
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"Considering that this technology is relatively new, corsair has been noted with this hardware, I'm very happy with it and if what you want is to blow up the windows unicio and the implementation of programs without doubt this is the best option !"
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"Windows OS loads so fast even my wife is amazed, now the restarts are not bothersome anymore."
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"The performance when booting Windows 7 and when performing backups is great."
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"I would recommend backing up anything important and doing a clean Windows install, Windows 7 or better to truly take advantage of the SSD performance."
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