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Corsair extends Force Series SSDs with 40GB, 80GB and 160GB models

by Parm Mann on 21 July 2010, 13:09

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Corsair's F60, F120, and F240 Force Series SSDs have already proven to be strong performers, but if the current capacities aren't exactly what you're looking for, you'll soon be able to enjoy the SandForce-based performance in 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models.

The trio of new additions, dubbed the F40, F80 and F160, will be shipping next month with suggested pricing at $129.99, $229.99 and $449.99, respectively.

There's no sight of UK pricing as yet, but positioning the 40GB F40 at under the Ā£90 mark would certainly be competitive.

According to Corsair's internal benchmarks, the entry-level 40GB drive scores read and write speeds of 282.6MB/s and 270.1MB/s, respectively. That's just a fraction slower than the reported 285.6MB/s and 275.9MB/s speeds of the 160GB F160.

Commenting on the launch, Corsair's vice president of technical marketing John Beekley is pulling no punches, stating in no uncertain terms that "the new Force Series 40GB SSD outperform competitive SSDs from Intel and Kingston by a wide margin".

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How much space does Windows 7, Office (full) and say a bunch of general prgrams for average use take up.

Is this 40GB drive practicle for a main drive for programs only?
Whilst 40Gb is quite tasty for WinXP (OS and apps can be squeezed onto a 4Gb SSD in a eeePC at a pinch), Win7-64bit is a 20Gb install by default (I believe MS state 24Gb to install W7-64), but it can be trimmed down. That does leave plenty of space for apps, but you'd normally leave swap space enabled, and some system restore capability, and if you want hibernate capability too (ram sized lump of space on boot drive)… The 64Gb, or even 80Gb drives offered by competitors may seem rather more desirable.
How much space does Windows 7, Office (full) and say a bunch of general prgrams for average use take up.

Is this 40GB drive practicle for a main drive for programs only?

It's fine for my wife's PC (17.5gb free) and my media center (plenty of space on both).
Once I take games out of the picture, I'm using 50GB on my C:\. A further 10GB is page file and hiberfil.sys, neither of which need to be on the C:\. A further 10GB is in my Users folder, most of which doesn't need to be on C:\. And another 6.5GB is in winsxs, a folder which seems to grow to absorb most of any disk space left on C:\ (it contains driver backups or something and is best left alone) so would likely be smaller on an HDD with less space.

So from my point of view it's quite possible with Windows 7, but not a whole lot of fun. I'd say 60GB is a reasonable minimum for people not wanting to faff around moving things off the C:\, but obviously others have had different experiences - dangel, out of interest, how much space is used by which main folders on your wife's PC?
Girlfriends PC has a 40Gb Intel drive … Win 7 32bit + Office + Fireferret + Foobar etc, about 50% free space after about a year on Win7 (was ghosted from the old HDD before anyone says the 40gb drive have only been around for a few months…)