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Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive Review

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Real World Data Transfers / Value

Real World Data Transfers


No matter how good a synthetic benchmark like IOMeter or PCMark is, it can not really tell you how your hard drive will perform in “real world” situations. All of us here at Hardware Canucks strive to give you the best, most complete picture of a review item’s true capabilities and to this end we will be running timed data transfers to give you a general idea of how its performance relates to real life use. To help replicate worse case scenarios we will transfer a 4.00GB contiguous RAR file and a folder containing 49 subfolders with a total 2108 files varying in length from 20mb to 1kb (1.00 GB total).

Testing will include transfer to and transferring from the devices, timing each process individually to provide an approximate Read and Write performance. To then stress the dive even more we will then make a copy of the large file to another portion of the same drive and then repeat the process with the small one. This will test the drive to its limits as it will be reading and writing simultaneously. Here is what we found.


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This drive is not designed nor marketed to storage related tasks and the numbers above show this. These the F40 and most other budget SSDs are meant to be used as boot drives with a couple of favorite applications installed on them and not as your data collection repository.


Value


The term “Value” is such an amorphous term that it truly has different meanings for different people. For some a hard drive is only as good as its performance potential, for others it is how quiet or durable it is; for others still it’s how effective it is for its cost. We here at HWC try to provide as many answers as possible for the term “Value”. Hopefully by this point in the review people looking at performance potential will have a fairly good idea of what its Value is. For the “best bang for the buck” crowd we have included a chart below showing how much a give drive costs per GB . No consideration has been made for performance, “durability” or any other extraneous factors; this is just raw performance vs. monetary cost. All prices are based on the average lowest price found at Froogle at the time of this review. All prices are in US Dollars.

Please note: where the Kingston SSDNow V 40GB has been discontinued the Intel X25-V 40GB has been substituted.


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There is no getting around the fact that this drive is a tad on the expensive side when you consider the Intel X25-V 40GB costs about 20 dollars less. Of course, the Intel drive has been around along time and as such is about as cheap as it is going to get; whereas we have already seen $30 MIR’s on the F40 bringing its price even lower than what we have listed above.
 
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Conclusion

Conclusion


For whatever reason, the budget conscious market has always been the “bargain bin” of the solid state industry. It is usually where last generation products go to die or where companies try to make a quick buck with low-quality drives that end up giving SSDs a bad name. This mentality has translated into abysmally low expectations for a sub-$200 SSD but some companies like Corsair are trying mightily to change this somewhat outdated perception. Naturally, you still can’t expect biblical performance out of a lower priced SSD but it is still necessary for these drives to retain some of the SSD “essence”.

After going through all of the performance figures again and again, it truly seems like the future of budget friendly SSDs belongs to SandForce and their 40GB models. At least for the time being anyways. The controller that graces the Corsair Force 40GB has proven itself to be infinitely adaptable to multiple price points and capacities without completely gutting performance. The fact that you can now pick up a drive with the Force 40GB’s performance speaks volumes about how far the SSD market has come is such a short amount of time.

For what it was designed to be, namely a budget boot drive, the Corsair Force 40GB is easily the fastest we have ever seen. Unless you are a benchmark junkie, the difference between a flagship priced SandForce drive such as the Corsair Force 120GB and the budget priced Corsair Force 40GB is awfully small. Yes there is a huge difference in continuous file transfer speed but for loading an operating system or a favorite application then we highly doubt the step up to another price level would net you much of a noticeable performance increase.

With all that being said, not everything is perfect with this drive and there is a very good argument to be made for stepping up one notch and going for the Force 60GB. For an additional 40 dollars or so, you get 50% more space, a 2.5” to 3.5” bracket and an increase in performance. The Force 60 and the Force 40 basically use the same NAND, but the 60 has all its NAND slots filled which potentially makes an even closer competitor to the 120GB models.

For many people wanting to get into solid state drives and see what all the fuss is about, they have a hard upper limit in mind that they are comfortable with spending on an unknown quantity. We think that with its price of under $120, the Force F40 is well within this limit and will prove to be infinitely popular with a large portion of the market. It may be an SSD with about a half of its bigger brothers’ speed but this new budget friendly Corsair product has all of the hallmarks of a near perfect boot drive.


Pros:

- Excellent real world performance
- Great price
- Perfect combination of price / performance for an entry level SSD
- Good warranty & Corsair support


Cons:
- 40GB is a tad on the small side
- No included 2.5 to 3.5 bracket

 
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