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Corsair Force F40 CSSD-F40GB2 review

Can a small drive with great speed hit the SSD sweet spot?

Our Verdict

If you can live with the size, this drive will not disappoint. But 37GB won't be enough for most.

For

  • Uber performance in all benchmarks
  • Affordable for an SSD
  • TRIM support

Against

  • To small for many usage scenarios

Mimicking real-world SSD workloads in benchmarks is tricky. Certainly, performance metrics such as sequential read and write tests only tell part of the story. Arguably, the most interesting synthetic test is the 4k random write part of the AS SSD benchmark.

While you wouldn't expect day-to-day performance to precisely mirror the 4k random write results shown here, they do provide an insight into how an SSD stands up to the sort of choppy data traffic that makes up the bulk of disk activity.

Size

Formatted capacity: Bytes, bigger is better

Corsair Force F40 40GB: 37.1GB
Intel X25-V 40GB: 37.1GB
Corsair Force F100 100GB: 93GB

Synthetic drive performance

ATTO Sequential read: MBps, bigger is better

Corsair Force F40 40GB: 285MBps
Intel X25-V 40GB: 196MBps
Corsair Force F100 100GB: 281MBps

Synthetic drive performance

ATTO Sequential write: MBps, bigger is better

Corsair Force F40 40GB: 265MBps
Intel X25-V 40GB: 46MBps
Corsair Force F100 100GB: 250MBps

Synthetic drive performance

HDTach Burst rate: MBps, bigger is better

Corsair Force F40 40GB: 261MBps
Intel X25-V 40GB: 246MBps
Corsair Force F100 100GB: 220MBps

Synthetic drive performance

AS SSD 4K random writes: MBps, bigger is better

Corsair Force F40 40GB: 45MBps
Intel X25-V 40GB: 28MBps
Corsair Force F100 100GB: 42MBps

Application performance

File decompression: Time taken, lower is better

Corsair Force F40: 38s
Intel X25-V 40GB: 50s
Corsair Force F100 100GB: 37s

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameCorsair
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity40 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate285 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate275 MBps
ManufacturerCorsair
Product ModelCSSD-F40GB2
Product NameForce CSSD-F40GB2 MLC Solid State Drive
Manufacturer Part NumberCSSD-F40GB2
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.corsair.com
Marketing Information

Based on the latest SandForce controller, the Corsair Force Series Solid-State Drive offers stutter-free response, fast performance, cooler and quieter operations for your notebook, netbook, and desktop PC.

Limited Warranty3 Year