Corsair Force F40 40GBAs the name implies, the Corsair Force series is powered by a SandForce SSD controller, which is the current market leader. One of the advantages with SandForce is that drives built around this controller don’t suffer much at all performance-wise when you go down to smaller capacities, which is a problem with drives utilizing other controllers with dedicated DRAM (SandForce doesn’t use a DRAM cache). This makes the small-capacity drives with this controller optimal for use as an affordable and ultra-fast boot drive, for storing the operating system on as well as some of your most frequently used apps.

To make matters even better, M-wave is currently selling the 40GB SATA II Force series for $30 below list price, which as far as we could tell is the lowest price to date on this drive.

List Price: $119.99 Price: $89.99

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Corsair hasn’t hesitated to deliver the drive with a full three-year warranty, so for most users, this drive is likely to outlast most of the other components in your computer. For a SATA II drive, the sequential read and write speeds are as good as they get–280MB/s read and no less than 270MB/s write. It also produces 50,000 IOPS in random 4k writes (aligned). All in all, very impressive specs for such an affordable drive.

Full Specifications:

  • Warranty Three years
  • Form Factor: 2.5″
  • SSD Unformatted Capacity 40 GB
  • Max Sequential Read/Write (using ATTO Disk Benchmark) 280 MB/s sequential read — 270 MB/s sequential write
  • Max Random 4k Write (using IOMeter 08) 50k IOPS (4k aligned)
  • Interface SATA 3Gb/s
  • Technology High-reliability MLC NAND flash
  • Form Factor 2.5 inch
  • DRAM Cache Memory No
  • Weight 80g
  • Voltage 5V ±5%
  • Power Consumption (active) 2.0W Max
  • Power Consumption (idle/standby/sleep) 0.5W Max
  • S.M.A.R.T. Support Yes
  • Shock 1500 G
  • MTBF 1,000,000 hours

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