Really the only thing that counts on an SSD is how it performs. To put the Corsair Force LX to the test I ran it through our benchmark suite. That includes a variety of benchmarks to test the performance in different situations. To start off that tested I ran the Force LX through CrystalDiscMark to see its read and write performance. For rear speed the sequential performance is up at the top of our charts but I will admit we haven’t tested to many SSDs recently so they are a bit dated. At 512K and 4K the results were a little lower than the high end OCZ drives but still competitive. When it came time for write speeds though the Force LX fell behind. Both results were in line with what Corsair lists though. With a write speed of just under 300 it falls behind all of the OCZ drives and even behind a few of the older Sandforce drives as well.
Next I ran I/O Meter using a setting that tests both read and write performance at 4k. This gives us a nice overall number that sums up the read and write performance together. The Force LX stands well above the older Sandforce drives here and is surprisingly close to the OCZ drives as well. The lower write speed no doubt hurt things considering how well the LX performs on the read side.
Using AS SSD rather than use the sequential results just like CrystalDiscMark I use their program benchmark. Here it runs through three different situations, a game, program, and ISO and tests how fast they transfer. This is a timed test where lower is better. As we can see all three of the tests put the LX in a good light beating everything else tested.
Next I ran the Force LX through four different synthetic benchmarks in the advanced test on Passmark. Each test is designed to represent a specific office use situation. Here the lower 4k and high queue depth performance showed through more with the LX falling behind all of the OCZ drives and even the Sandforce powered Chronos Deluxe.
Last but not least I included testing using the storage test in PCMark 8. I love this test because it runs through using real programs like World of Warcraft to get its performance numbers. Not only that but it also runs through each test three times to verify the results. So how did the Force LX perform? Well it came in just a touch behind the OCZ Vector 150 that I introduced this new test on. Thankfully, we will be adding more SSD reviews over the next month, that will fill out this a little more.