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Corsair to recall shipments of 120GB Force Series 3 SSDs

Certain 120GB Force Series 3 models are performing at less than optimal speeds and are eligible for a complete refund or replacement

Computer peripheral manufacturer Corsair is currently in a pickle with its recently released Force Series 3 of notebook solid-state drives. According to a forum post by a Corsair technical support member, the company has acknowledged performance stability issues related to its 120GB Force Series 3 SSD. Ultimately, the issues cause the driver to perform at speeds much less than what the SSD was advertised to do.

Our review has identified that a significant percentage of these drive do not perform to specifications,” said the support mod. “The solution will require changes to both the SSD firmware and the hardware components of the SSD itself.”

More specifically, Force Series 3 owners with the part number CSSD-F120GB3-BK are affected and are encouraged to either return or exchange the solid-state drives, even if the user has not experienced any stability issues. Fortunately, part numbers CSSD-F60GB3-BK, CSSD-F240GB3-BK and Force GT are explicitly listed as being unaffected.

The Force Series 3 of notebook SSDs was announced just a few weeks ago and was vaunted for its SandForce 2281 controller, which could theoretically allow for read/write speeds of up to 550MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively. While the current batch of 120GB models are in the process of being recalled, the 60GB and 240GB models should be operating as normal and are available for $139 and $499, respectively.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)