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The Corsair F90 Solid State Drive

The Corsair F90 solid state drive has the official part number of CSSD-F90GB2-BRKT. The BRKT in the part number points to the inclusion of a 3.5" drive bay bracket. However, this is superfluous since all of their solid state drives ship with the 3.5" drive bay bracket.

This drive is designed to replace regular 2.5" hard disk drive, so it has the same form factor and looks pretty much like a 2.5" hard disk drive. The only difference is it is much lighter than a hard disk drive, and the case is flat on both sides. The top has a simple label that lists the model, part number, capacity, and place of manufacture, amongst other things.


Usable Capacity

The Corsair F90 solid state drive has an official unformatted capacity of 90 GB. We checked that out by formatting both in NTFS using Windows Vista.

The actual formatted capacity was 90,025,488,384 bytes. This is slightly (~25.5 MB) above the official storage capacity. With about 97 MB allocated to the NTFS file system, the actual usable capacity was about 71 MB below 90 GB.

Let's take a look at its specifications.





Storage Capacity

• 90 GB (Unformatted)


• SandForce 1200 (with standard firmware)

NAND Flash Type

• Intel Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND

Cache Buffer

• None

Memory Channels

• Unknown

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 285 MB/s (maximum sequential read)
• 275 MB/s (maximum sequential write)

Input And Output Per Second (IOPS)

• Random 4K Write : 50,000 IOPS (Aligned)


• Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Modes

• 3.0 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

NCQ Support

• Yes

TRIM Support

• Yes

Power On To Ready

• NA

Power Consumption

• 2.0 W (Read/Write)
• 0.5 W (Idle)

Maximum Height

• 9.3 mm
• 0.366 inches

Maximum Width

• 69.63 mm
• 2.74 inches

Maximum Length

• 99.8 mm
• 3.9 inches


• 80 g

Power Requirements

• 5.0 V ± 5%

Ambient Temperature

• NA (Operating)
• NA (Non-Operating)

Maximum Shock

• 1500 G (Operating) @ 0.5 ms


• Read : Unlimited
• Write : NA


• 1,000,000 hours


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Corsair Force Series F90 Overview


Corsair Solid State Drives


The Corsair F90 Solid State Drive
Usable Capacity,


The Connectors
Defragging The Corsair F90
3.5" Drive Bay Bracket


Testing The Corsair F90


Maximum Surface Temperature
Transfer Rate Profile


WinBench 99 Test Results
Transfer Rate Range


IO Meter Random Access Results


IO Meter Sequential Access Results


IOPS Scaling (Random Access)


IOPS Scaling (Sequential Access)



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