When SSDs arrived on the consumer scene, they hit with a bang. The numbers that we were able to achieve blew the average PC user's mind. Load times were cut to seconds and transfer speeds were able to actually meet some theoretical numbers. One of the first reviews that I read on an SSD involved RAIDing them. The speed scaling while RAIDed astounded me. Then came the videos of people going from mechanical to flash drives. The most impressive thing was the boot and load times. Computers actually FELT fast and responsive. As of today, it is one of the single most important upgrades that can speed up an entire system. Sadly, they are still horribly expensive when compared to platter drives.



A bit about Corsair; "Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in  high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components."


Corsair is a heavy hitter in the memory market and one product is the Force Series F40. The Corsair F40 is one of the smaller SSDs that can be found, at only 40GB. Inside the F40 there is a Sandforce 1200 series SSD controller and Intel MLC NAND flash memory.  With that pairing, there is an advertised maximum sequential read speed of 280 MB/s and maximum sequential write speed of 270 MB/s. The F40 has a 2.5" form factor and TRIM support. Connectivity includes a SATA II interface. Corsair bundles this drive with a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket and a 3 year warranty.