Value SSDs at the 120 GiB capacity are very popular nowadays, since they are affordable and have enough space to use them as a fast boot drive, while you can use a standard hard drive as a secondary drive to store your data files. Today, we are testing the Corsair Force LS, a value 120 GiB SSD, and comparing its performance to a very popular 2.5” SATA SSD, the Kingston SSDNow V300 120 GiB SSD.

The Corsair Force LS SSD uses 2.5” form factor with a height of 7 mm, SATA-600 interface, and can be found in 60 GiB, 120 GiB, 240 GiB, 480 GiB, and 960 GiB capacities. The part number of the 120 GiB model, which is the one we are testing, is CSSD-F120GBLSB. It has 128 GiB of memory inside, but is sold as 120 GiB, since 8 GiB is reserved for overprovisioning, used by the garbage collection and wear leveling mechanisms of the unit.

In our tests, we will compare the performance of the Force LS 120 GiB against the Kingston SSDNow V300, with the same capacity, which is one of the best-selling value SSDs on the martket.

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our “Anatomy of SSD Units” tutorial, which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs.

In the table below we compare the Corsair Force LS 120 GiB with the Kingston SSDNow V300 120 GiB. Both units use a SATA-600 interface, 2.5” form factor, and MLC memory chips.

Manufacturer Model Model # Nominal Capacity Price
Corsair Force LS CSSD-F120GBLSB 120 GiB USD 72
Kingston SSDNow V300  SV300S37A/120G 120 GiB USD 60

We researched the prices on the day that we published this review. In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives.

Model Controller Buffer Memory
Corsair Force LS 120 GiB PHISON PS3109-S9 None 2x 64 GiB IM Flash IP79G5SAPH
Kingston SSDNow V300 120 GiB SandForce SF-2281 None 16x 8 GiB Kingston FT64G08UCT1-8B

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.