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Real World Performance
A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition
at the beginning of each drive after a complete format. Our entire
test suite was run start to finish three times with a defragmentation (SSDs and hybrid drives excluded) and reboot
Average times were collected for comparison.
With the current crop of SandForce SSDs, choosing one based on loading times is a case of splitting hairs. The Corsair Force GS finished with a combined time of 65.1 seconds, a minuscule 0.2 seconds slower than ADATA's SX910, and that's not accounting for any margin of error. The older last-gen Corsair Force 180GB was 0.8 seconds behind but keep in mind that is the combined difference in three different tests.
In our application tests, the Force GS came in first, powered by a strong result in our TrueCrypt test which involves creating a very large encrypted file container. It's something many older SSDs struggle with but SF-2281 drives don't seem to have much trouble.
The Force GS was very fast copying large files but it couldn't keep up with the ADATA SX910 copying small files.
The SX910 fell to the Force GS in installation performance but surprisingly it was the old Corsair Force 180GB (first generation) that took victory.
To accurately represent the overall real world performance of the drives, we gave each model a proportional score in each benchmark series (loading, application, file copy, and installation) with each benchmark set equally weighted. The scale has been adjusted so that among the drives compared, a perfectly average model would score 100 points.
The Force GS takes the crown over the SX910 but the margin is quite slim. However, both drives are substantially faster than the older SSDs we reviewed last year as well as the previous two flagship VelociRaptors.
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