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Corsair Force Series SSDs Available at New Capacities

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Corsair Force Series SSDs Available at New Capacities

Corsair, the memory manufacturer, has announced new additions to its range of Force SSDs, adding 40GB, 80GB and 160GB models to the existing line up of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB drives.

The new models are based on the same SandForce controller as the existing models, and Corsair is quoting class leading performance numbers with sequential read and write speeds of 282.6MB/s and 270MB/ for the F40 40GB model; and slightly more for the larger capacities. As such, the arrival of both larger and smaller capacity variants is good news, depending on your needs and the size of your wallet.

The F40 40GB drive is of particular interest and it means that a super-fast boot drive for your system is now a very affordable prospect at just $129.99 – if you are buying in the US. The F80 80GB model comes in at $229.99 and the F160 160GB model at $449.99.

"With competitive pricing and amazing performance, these new drives are a force to be reckoned with," said Jim Carlton, vice president of marketing at Corsair, in a statement. "All of the new models deliver an excellent price/performance ratio, but the aggressively priced 40GB F40 is incredibly attractive and, quite simply, the ideal boot drive for any Windows 7 desktop PC."

UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, but Corsair has said that £100 is the target price for the F40. We'll find out tomorrow when it appears at online retailers.

Will you be tempted to rebuild your system with a small capacity, but fast and affordable SSD based boot drive - or have you already done so? Let us know in the comments.

Link: Corsair.com

Jmac

July 21, 2010, 8:48 pm

Hmm, more interested in the Crucial C300 64GB at £120 to be honest - write speeds may be lower but the read speeds are scorching, which is what you want in a boot drive.

Den

July 22, 2010, 1:26 am

@John - Read speeds are only fast if you have SATA III which 99.9999% of people don't have. If your building a new PC, then it's a good buy, but if you have SATA II, then the Corsair is better, especially with the 4k write speed.

J4cK1505

July 22, 2010, 12:55 pm

Hey Benny thanks for the news!





My computer around 3 years ago was great, but now its starting to show its age. I want it performing well for another 3 years to see me through University. Along with a new GPU and RAM I'm now thinking of installing an SSD.





Are these the best drives for the job, price/performance wise? If not could you recommend one that is, sitting comfortably around £150. In addition like most people I would need to keep a higher capacity HDD installed in my PC. With most of my apps/documents installed on my HDD, will I still get a performance increase worth my money? Also, are there still problems with SSD's drastically loosing performance over time? One last question, will I face any problems having a windows7 boot SSD, with its programs saved on a separate HDD. In the past I was under the impression a program had to be saved on the boot drive.





There are quite a few questions there but if you get get around to answering at least some I would be very grateful.. Thanks

Keithe6e

July 22, 2010, 1:51 pm

@J4cK1505: Also, are there still problems with SSD's drastically loosing performance over time?





If your running windows 7, and the drive supports TRIM is should be fine.





@J4cK1505: One last question, will I face any problems having a windows7 boot SSD, with its programs saved on a separate HDD. In the past I was under the impression a program had to be saved on the boot drive.





No, putting programs on another drive should be fine. It's how I've done it plenty of times, it makes doing an Acronis backup of the windows system a lot easer. Windows can get a bit funny if you don't leave plenty of free space on your boot drive though, but 40Gig with just the OS booting will leave plenty.





One warning, don't assume the SSD will make dramatic changes to performance. But I assume you'll be doing a clean install on this SSD, that will give you a boost.

J4cK1505

July 22, 2010, 3:53 pm

@Keith, thanks alot, that cleared alot of things up for me, and don't worry I'm not expecting to be squeezing out an extra 20fps in games by using an SSD, just want a faster boot, reduced noise and quicker access times etc.

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