Corsair has announced new additions to its Force series of solid-state drives - including a budget-friendly 40GB version it describes as being a perfect boot drive.
The well-received Force series - which previously comprised of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB models - are based around the popular SandForce SF-1200 SSD controller, which offers impressive sequential read speeds of around 280MB/s and write speeds of 270MB/s along with almost 200MB/s random write speeds.
Corsair's John Beekley, vice president of technical marketing, made the claim that "in our testing in the Corsair Lab, we found that the new Force Series 40GB SSD outperform competitive SSDs from Intel and Kingston by a wide margin,
" while stating that SandForce's technology means that "there is almost no performance penalty when reducing the capacity of the drive
" - allowing the company to produce the 40GB edition.
As well as the 40GB budget edition, Corsair has added another two models to the line-up - an 80GB version and a larger 160GB model. All models match the three-year warranty which comes with the line as standard.
Due to launch world-wide in August, UK pricing has not yet been provided by the company - but US RRPs put the 40GB model at $129.99 (around £86), the 80GB at $229.99 (around £152), and the 160GB at $449.99 (around £297.)
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