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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In the past we have looked at numerous SandForce based drives and have walked away impressed in the majority of cases. Sadly, even the least expensive Sandforce-based product was still far outside of the price range most consumers are willing to pay for a low-capacity drive. It goes without saying that to get premium performance you usually have to be willing to pay premium prices but Corsair is looking to buck that trend with their new Force F40 – a drive that sports a Sandforce controller at its heart and a killer price to boot.

It comes as no surprise that Corsair, a household name to enthusiasts and non enthusiast alike, has expanded their Force line down market as well as looking to even higher end niches. They are one of the few companies who consistently listen to the varying needs of ALL their customers; not only the ones who want bleeding edge products.

When it comes to actual monetary outlay, this newly released drive does have a very tempting price tag of $116. This in combination with its great availability at retailers and e-tailers alike is intriguing to say the least and could make the Force 40GB appealing to a large cross section of the market. While this drive is small potatoes in terms of usable storage with only 40GB, in terms of performance we may just be looking at the next best thing to perfection for first time buyers.

It will be interesting to see how this value priced drive scales in terms of performance, as the best controller for this market has been Intel’s (which is represented in our charts with the now defunct Kingston SSDNow V40) which ruled the roost when it came to small files but tanked when faced with mid to large size files. If SandForce is able to keep a good portion of not only the larger versions low end but also its high end this may just be one killer platform.


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