We decided to re-visit one of our all-time favorite drives the Corsair Force GT 240GB. What has prompted this re-examination is RAID 0 TRIM. The Force GT can now be updated to 503 firmware and therefore we can run a pair of these drives in RAID 0 with 5 series performance AND have functioning TRIM. Some may say that the LSI 2281/2282 Flash Processing Unit is getting a little long in the tooth being that 2281/2282 has been utilized for much longer than any other FPU. There is a reason for this longevity and that is because the compression technology utilized by the 2281/2282 is still one of the fastest overall flash solutions of all time.
The Force GT’s we will be running today are a later version and have 32 Flash Chips per drive which provides a greater parallelism and should provide slightly better performance than versions with 16 Flash Chips per drive. To properly utilize all those flash chips Corsair is using an LSI 2282 flash processor instead of the usual 2281 FPU because, a 2281 processor can access a maximum of 16 NAND flash chips but, a 2282 processor has the ability to assess up to 32 NAND flash chips. All those Flash Chips will require more power to operate so we recommend these drives be installed in desktop machines. The Corsair Force GT’s are available for a very low cost these days and are probably the best value to performance available today.
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