Corsair Force F40 SSD Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅25-08-10
Testing Methodologies

As previously mentioned this is the first of our SSD reviews so the comparison will be based on a standard SATA-II HDD. This will be an interesting analysis as it will determine how much difference there is between the media that most use (SATA-II) and the rising star that is SSD. As this is the first of SSD reviews, its important to conduct a comprehensive series of test benchmarks in order to cover a wide spectrum setting the standard for reviews to come.

Benchmarks to be considered are as follows:

ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46
EVEREST Ultimate 5.50
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
SiSoftware SANDRA

Test system
CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS M4A89TD PRO (890FX)
Graphics MSI 8800GTX 798MB
Memory 4GB Mushkin EM3-10666 DDR3
HDD Samsung Spinpoint 250GB SATA-II
PSU Enermax Revolution85+

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
F40 Firmware rev 1.1

Installation of the Corsair F40 is simple, or so you would think. Upon connecting the drive up Windows 7 Professional would not recognise the drive, even on different SATA ports. To have the drive appear within Windows I had to call up Disk Management (Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc) assigning the drive a letter, and formatting it before Windows would recognise the drive as part of the connected drives in My Computer.

The above tests will be conducted putting the Samsung Spinpoint 250GB SATA-II head to head with the Corsair F40. Read over the following pages to discover results in this interesting battle.

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