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CSSD-F90GB3-BK 90GB CORSAIR
Like others have mentioned, going from a 7200rpm platter disk to SSD is by far the single best upgrade you can give to a 1-3 year old notebook or desktop system. You won't need benchmarking software to "see" the difference in performance. You'll notice the first time you start your machine or when you are performing a fresh install of your OS. If you like working in a quiet environment, SSD is the way to go.
The Force Series are extremely reliable and come with a great warranty. I have easily deployed over 45 of these drives for business use, and probably 10 more for personal or family. I have not experienced one problem. As a precaution, we have performed firmware upgrades on a few of our oldest drives, but this has not been done because of problems or failure, rather for maintenance when a unit is being re-imaged for use in new hardware. As with all SSD drives the Force series is not competely without faults. In some rare instances, a drive may not resume properly form standby or hibernation in certain hardware configurations. Don't let this deter you from moving to SSD. A firmware update can resolve this problem in 99% of cases. Keep in mind that all manufacturers have had issues during the time SSD has evolved. They keep getting better.
I just finished a desktop build with 2x F120's in RAID 0 on an Asus MB, Z68 chipset.
Boot time: 26 sec. My MB allows me to supress display of POST messages, so I get a very fast Boot.
Improved Effciency: Dramatic performance increase booting, opening large files or loading hi-rez photos, less heat inside my case
Resume from standby: about 7 sec (twin view monitors)
Resume from hibernation: about 12 sec. With spin up of system fans
This system was built using the model listed F120GB3A-BK w/ v1.3.2 firmware. If you like a product that works as promised, look no futher.
Installation was straight-forward as expected. Once the MBP was closed I re-installed Lion(I wanted a fresh install), I then used my Time Machine BU to restore programs and settings. I had done this before with a traditional HDD and the whole process took more than an hour. With this Corsair It only took about 20 Min, including the restore.
Once the restore was done I shut down and performed a cold start. Now anyone that owns or has owned an Apple computer knows the initial screen, for a few seconds, is just getting the computer ready to boot. Once the Apple was on the screen I started a timer. From off to completely usable it only took 13.7 seconds. I started Adobe Photoshop CS5 in about 3 seconds.
Next I performed a hot restart. With 7 apps open I restarted the machine. Now Lion allows for the automatic reopening of everything opened when restarted. To shutdown and restart while opening the 7 apps, it took 16.6 seconds.
Next I ran Drive Genius to check what my speeds were. This is where it was kind of odd. I ran 3 test just so I knew it wasn't a fluke, but my scores were as follows.
Test 1 464/425
Test 2 499/418
Test 3 466/392
Now in all fairness I know I did not have trim enabled in OS X. For better performance make sure it is enabled.
Just about 6 weeks ago I decided to sell my 13" MBP to get a 2012 15" Non-Retina MBP (I wanted the ability to upgrade RAM and HDD without Apple premium). So I will comment on this same drive under Windows 7.
So I removed this Force 3 and decided to put in in my wife's aging Lenovo laptop she uses for work. It is running windows 7 so there is no way to just restore applications unless you clone the drive. And that is just what I did. First I de-fragged the existing Windows drive 3 times with PD12. Once that was done it took about 30 min to clone a Windows drive with about 65GB used in a Dual SATA dock with an eSATA connection. Once it was re-installed in the Lenovo I booted into Windows. It added the driver automatically the I rebooted. What would have taken her 1:30 minimum to reboot took about 50 seconds. After the desktop was up I went and ran a WEI to let Windows recognize it was an SSD. WEI score had the drive at 7.8 where the old drive was at 5.6. Now as I said this is an older laptop. A Socket 1156 Pentium Dual Core with SATA II only.
Once I finished the WEI I wanted to test it so I shut Windows down. From a cold boot to a fully functioning desktop it took 38.9 seconds but my wife has several things that start at boot. Then I did a restart. It took 21.8 seconds.
I used ATTO for testing the speed. But please remember this is connected to a SATA II controller in this laptop.
Test 1 298/262
Test 2 289/260
Test 3 294/269
If I had it to do over I would choose this drive again. It's performance is great. I have used other SSD's that were not as impressive and they cost way more than this drive. The time it has been running there has been not one problem. No stutter (although that was an issue with XP and SSD's), no freezing, no lag. My wife is so happy i removed it before I sold my MBP because it has made her laptop so much faster and more bearable.
If you are new to SSD's they are a worthy investment if you do any drive intensive computing. If all you do is spend your time on the internet using facebook or reading email, there would not be a huge benefit for you except faster boot times. But for those that will use this drive I will say the performance gain under Windows and OSX is exceptional and worth every penny. Even more so now when the price is below $1/GB. When I bought this I paid $80 more than it is now. I say go for it if you need the speed.
I have 2 of them and both worked great out of the box and extremely close to advertised speeds. Please note that it often depends on how you have it set up for how fast your speeds are. Make sure you tweak your settings. If you are going to bench it know what tests to run and how to run them. Running on the Intel chip set and having windows properly set up, only then will you see maximum speeds! So my household actually has several Corsair Force 3 SSD. I had the older gen and now I just bought the newest iteration. I have had some problems with the old one however the newer generation has been solid... seems they have fixed the issues that the last gen had.
Raid 2 of these together will net you some blistering over a gig per second speeds. However you will loose trim support so be sure to secure erase every 6-12 months to ensure good speed. (Also note that Intel is working on a new patch to allow RAID and TRIM). Be sure to use the onboard Intel controller or a RAID card itself! Also included an adapter to change it to fit a standard HDD slot, though sometimes this can be troublesome since it doesn't seem to be standardized.
All in all, good stuff ;)!