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
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.