Corsair Force LX 128GB 256GB 512GB SSD Round up Review

Beastly on a budget!

Corsair Force LX SSD

 

 

Introduction

Since SSDs first became popular and affordable for consumers and enthusiasts, Corsair have always been at the forefront of releasing new ranges of SSDs in order to stay competitive in the market. The barriers to entry for the SSD market have actually been relatively small as far as PC components go. Companies such as Hynix and Micron produce most of the memory chips themselves, and a few years ago Marvel and Sandforce produced the only SSD controllers available. This meant any company able to get partnerships with one of the memory chip producers and a controller producer could quite easily put together an SSD. However, Sandforce controllers were very unreliable in certain models and caused failure rates as high as 30% in certain SSDs. This prompted the larger companies such as Samsung to take matters into their own hands and produce their own controllers, whilst many other companies switched from Sandforce over to Micron.

Corsair are one of these companies and their latest Force LX range sports the latest controller technologies, capable of reaching great speeds at an affordable price point.

The Force LX series comes in three different models; a 128GB, a 256GB and a 512GB version. We test all three to show you how they're capable of performing.

Corsair Force LX SSD  Corsair Force LX SSD

Corsair Force LX SSD

 

Testing

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Conclusion

To start things off, we think it's worth mentioning the price of these SSDs before getting bogged down by performance figures. The 128GB version comes in at around £55, the 256GB version at £93, and the 512GB version at £180 ($80, $130, and $250 respectively in the US). SSDs recently have gone down in price fairly substantially, but still, all of these prices are on the lower end of what you would expect to pay for SSDs of their comparable sizes. As a comparison, the Corsair Neutron series, which is intended to be one of the highest performing drives available is almost double the price of the LX series in all three categories. It's safe to assume the LX range is more of a budget solution for SSDs, making the performance per pound more impressive.

Starting with Crystal Disk Mark, we see the LX series capable of reading around 553MB/s across all three drives. This is one of the best scores we see across the whole range of SSDs we've tested and we have to say we're incredibly impressed by the read figures for a budget SSD.

In producing SSDs, manufacturers will stack memory chips rather than using a single memory chip with a huge capacity. For example, a 128GB SSD may be made up of 4x32GB memory chips, and then a 256GB SSD of the same range may then encompass 8x32GB memory chips. In essence, this means when you write data to your SSD, the SSD can split up the data and write it to each memory chip, meaning it can write data onto a 128GB SSD with 4x32GB four times faster than if they were to use a single 128GB memory chip. Now of course when we increase the capacity, data can then be written to more memory chips, and therefore the higher capacity SSDs will be faster. This shows completely in our testing of the range of Corsair LX drives. The 128GB version only managed 152.6MB/s write speed, and so its only comparable 128GB competitor here is the Kingston HyperX drive which it beats. Similarly, the 256GB version just falls short against the older Corsair Force 3 drive which is a little shame. The 512GB does fall back a little more against its competitors by around 50MB/s, but since this is a budget drive competing against more expensive options, we can't criticise the LX series too much here.

However, the Crystal Disk Mark tests were run using sequential testing, and when we reduce the data blocks to 4K, things do pick up a little more in terms of writing capabilities. The read speeds do fall a little behind in these tests, but considering they are still incredibly close it isn't really an issue at all. In 4K writing, we again see the staggered results between the different capacities which is expected, but in each category, the respective sized LX SSD beats its competition. Even the 512GB version beats the 480GB overclocked Intel 730 SSD which we weren't expecting, and we do have to credit Corsair heavily on these 4K speeds.

Corsair have produced a set of budget SSDs that in our testing really didn't perform like they were in a 'budget' category. The read speeds at sequential were faster than anything else we've tested although the write speeds here did fall behind a little, and the write speeds at 4K did really impress us, although this time the read speeds here fell behind. Overall, we are incredibly impressed by the amount of performance Corsair have squeezed out of the LX series. We're awarding the 512GB Corsair LX the OC3D Gold Award, and we're giving all three versions the OC3D Value for Money Award.

512GB:

          Value For Money

 

128GB & 256GB:  

   Value For Money

 

Thanks to Corsair for providing the SSDs for review. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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19-07-2014, 13:08:09

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...081254417l.JPG

We take a look at Corsair's latest range of SSDs in all 3 of the sizes, with the 128GB starting at just 55!


Read more on the Corsair Force LX 128GB, 256GB, 512GB Review Round Up here

19-07-2014, 13:42:00

Watsyerproblem
Great to see such a solid performer at such a great price. Corsair have done a good job here.

I also like the Ali enclosure, looks very Samsung.

19-07-2014, 13:53:14

barnsley
I might have to ignore my previous embargo on corsair SSDs to pick a 512gb one of these up. Fantastic pricing

19-07-2014, 14:16:17

Watsyerproblem
One more thing. When was the OC3D logo changed to Orange? Just noticed that.

19-07-2014, 15:03:21

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
One more thing. When was the OC3D logo changed to Orange? Just noticed that.

Orange?

19-07-2014, 15:08:27

Watsyerproblem
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Orange?
Red, haha my 2nd monitor is a very old panel with literally the worst colour in the world, But it does the job.

The colours are so different moving screen to screen lol.

19-07-2014, 17:03:59

remember300
nice performer that
i did not realise the performance increase was that big of a jump thats nice to see.

19-07-2014, 17:28:05

SnowmanFromHell
hmm... recently picked up an MX100 (512 Gig) for about 170 euros which is rated for 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write, so not sure whether these drives are really that much of a bargain... let's see how much they'll cost when they're available...

19-07-2014, 18:20:19

blade786
most SSD are around that price right now. Samsung 840 EVO 500GB is 164.99 on amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E3W19MO

19-07-2014, 18:21:06

MaddenShadow
This looks like a perfect choice for my laptop using SATA II. I think Ill pick up the 512 GB version

19-07-2014, 20:25:06

RickPlaysWarr
Great review Tom. I might have to pickup a pair of 512 - they are only 249.99 at Newegg.com right now - 11% discount. I wonder how they would do in Raid 0 as a main drive in my Hackintosh. Then I take the Samsung 840 Evo 750 GB for the birthday rig.

--Rick--

20-07-2014, 21:04:05

metalgun2000
I wish these would have hit the market sooner. I would have happily picked up 2 of these 512GB for RAID 0 over my regular Samsung 840s. Just 1 of these 512GB write speed is equal to both of my Samsung RAID 0 write speed, sequential at least, they're still good at 4k speeds. The green would have gone better with my build too. These are going to fly off the shelves.

20-07-2014, 21:15:58

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickPlaysWarr View Post
Great review Tom. I might have to pickup a pair of 512 - they are only 249.99 at Newegg.com right now - 11% discount. I wonder how they would do in Raid 0 as a main drive in my Hackintosh. Then I take the Samsung 840 Evo 750 GB for the birthday rig.

--Rick--
Raid 0 nowadays is very stable compared to what it use to be, You would be looking at roughly double the performance

22-07-2014, 09:57:36

RickPlaysWarr
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Raid 0 nowadays is very stable compared to what it use to be, You would be looking at roughly double the performance
I would only consider it with SSD's. Normal hard drives never get stripped without parity (Raid 5 . . .) I can't take that kind of risk.

Maybe I am just an old-school nerd.

--Rick--

11-08-2014, 21:55:14

ccaution
MX100 is the name.

I watched the video and the crucial drive with the better /GB price and better performance (bigger models at least), wasn't even mentioned. C' mon editors - don't feed the trolls that much

Corsair is an absolute underdog in the ssd market. Crucial makes their nand (micron) and sell a lot, Samsung makes their nand (and keeps the better staff) and Intel... is Intel: brand loyalty is king. Corsair bit more than she could chew, in that segment.

11-08-2014, 22:53:46

Wraithguard
I have the Corsair LX 256 in my system right at this moment and compared to the Crucial I also have installed next to it, the LX boots and loads just that bit quicker, the noticeable difference is in Photoshop with access to mass libraries of fonts, filters and patterns it easily out performs it.

15-08-2014, 15:35:53

remember300
thats pretty cool was thinking of one of those for a cad runner
im guessing the library access is alot faster.
Hows ya new build wraith?

15-08-2014, 16:42:26

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
I have the Corsair LX 256 in my system right at this moment and compared to the Crucial I also have installed next to it, the LX boots and loads just that bit quicker, the noticeable difference is in Photoshop with access to mass libraries of fonts, filters and patterns it easily out performs it.
The Crucial V4 SSDs are much slower than the Crucial MX100 ones.

The V4s are 230 MB/s read and 100 MB/s write, the MX100s are 550 MB/s read and 300 MB/s write.
I have the 256gb MX100 and everything in PS loads pretty much instantly. The Corsair LX drives are good SSDs but the Crucial MX are the same specs and cheaper.

16-08-2014, 15:11:35

I2oberts
As i'm one of those rare breeds who still isn't using a SSD yet, I think I might need to upgrade soon and this is high on my lists!

16-08-2014, 16:05:26

QuietOne
I wonder what the performance of a standard IDE HDD would be compared to a SATA Mech drive.
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