As 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||
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.
- 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