Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive Review

Author: AkG
Date: September 15, 2010
Product Name: Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive
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A Closer look at the Corsair F40

As with both previous versions of the Corsair Force line we have looked at (the F120 HERE, and the F100 HERE) in the past, the F40 uses Corsair’s usual plain packaging scheme. It is the same exact same compact grey and white cardboard box, with the exact same generic picture. The only way to tell any of them apart is by the small label which lists what model it is.

While it is the budget orientated version of the Corsair Force lineup, the F40 doesn’t have any corners cut when it comes to the internal protection scheme. It comes clad in the exact same plastic clam shell inner container as all the others do.

Just as F120’s metal case is an all black affair so too is the F40. Needless to say this is a pretty looking drive; though it is nowhere near as striking or handsome as some other models, but who will really care about how an internal storage device looks anyways?

In the continuing theme of “its exterior is exactly the same as all the other Force drives”, Corsair has once again opted for a single label with no large information label on the bottom of the drive.

As expected the PCB and the layout of the chips is not very different from other Sandforce drives we have seen in the past and to be precise is the exact same PCB as found on the F120. The only difference is the type and number of NAND chips installed. On the top side you have five installed with the other three slots empty while on the bottom there are another seven chips with one slot empty. Using more yet lower density NAND chips is a sensible way of doing things compared to the Intel V / Kingston SSDNow V 40GB. The performance variance between the Force 40 and its bigger brothers probably is not going to be night and day like it was with those other “value orientated” versions of the Intel X25-M.

Obviously, with 12 NAND chips there was no way that this drive could use the same NAND as the F120 or F100. To be precise the F40 has twelve Intel branded, 29F32G08CAMDB chips. As the model name suggests these are 32Gigabit density chips (4GB) and with twelve of them this model is in fact a 48GB drive with 8GB set aside for over-provisioning. To put all of that in perspective, the Force F120 uses Intel branded, 29F64G08CAMDB chips (8GB density chips); so the only real difference is in their density compared to those of the bigger Force drives.

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