SSD Watch: Corsair Force 3 vs Crucial M4 vs OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS vs OWC 6G

5 / 23 / 2011

Corsair Force 3 SSD

Corsair Force 3 250GB ($499)

4K Random (16k Read/66k Write)
Sequential Max (550k Read/520k Write) – Announced

Pros:

-Low price (120gb-$219/250gb-$499)
-Low power consumption (2.0W max, .4W idle)
-Good reputation company

Cons:

-Not out yet, no reviews or testing

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Performance 3 (Lower Model) at StorageReview

Crucial M4 SSD

Crucial M4 256gb ($499)

4K Random (23k Read/98k Write)
Sequential Max (420k Read/235k Write)

Pros:

-Lower Price $499
-Marvell controller will benefit from impending OSX Lion TRIM update
-Followup to popular C300

Cons:

-Sequential writes aren’t flashy

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OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB ($560)

4K Random (18k Read/87k Write)
Sequential Max (516k Read/250k Write)

Pros:

-Lower Power Consumption than Vertex 3
-Faster IOPS than Vertex 3
-Only 20 bucks more than a Vertex 3

Cons:

-Still a power hog
-Company quality and support has poor reputation

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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB ($580)

4K Random (33k Read/70k Write)
Sequential Max (485k Read/418k Write)

Pros:

-Mac friendly
-Great customer support/warranty

Cons:

-Price
-The Anand review and board wire is a little discouraging

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Final Thoughts

I’m waiting for the Corsair Force 3 tests and results to drop before I pull the trigger. On paper, it looks like the best drive to come out so far, but only time will tell. If the tests fall short of the announced specs, I will most likely look to the Crucial M4 since the sandforce TRIM solution won’t be necessary with Lion. Also, the Sandforce speed looks good, but the non-Mac firmware updates are pathetic in this time/age. The M4 has better power consumption and 4k random speeds(most noticeable in real life usage) than the Vertex and 6G. If the Corsair Force 3 beats the M4 in 4K random and has good luck in Macbook Pros, I think we got a winner.

**UPDATE**

Corsair Force 3 Kit Guru Review
The actual tests of the Force 3 didn’t match expectations (higher than everything else out there) so it’s back to the OWC or the OCZ. The OCZ is a little better in speed, but the recently announced 30-day money back guarantee from OWC makes their support even better. I think I will get the OWC 6G and forget about headaches…. Also, M4 may creep up with release of LION with TRIM. Keep you posted

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