The biggest complaint about SSDs I read about in forums is their price. Every time I see someone pitching a fit about SSD prices and saying things like, "They are not worth it yet", I know I'm reading a post by someone who has never installed an SSD in their system, ever. A SandForce SSD over 100GB is worth 400 USD in my opinion because you will save 400 Dollars worth of your time every month simply by installing it in your system. I easily save 100 Dollars a week in time just from booting my computer with a solid state drive. The picture editing time is worth even more than that! Luckily for those that talk out of the same end they sit on, Corsair Force prices are nowhere near 400 USD per 100GB these days. With the new F90, Corsair was actually able to get the prices down to less than 200 USD for the new 90GB model, and with it more people can take the plunge and see what all of the fuss is about.
When it comes to performance, the new 90GB Force runs at nearly the same speed as the 120GB drive that we recommend quite often. There were a few places where we could see a difference in the benchmarks, but in real world situations you wouldn't be able to tell one from another. When it comes to the capacity, 30GB might not seem like a lot these days, but when you are starting out with only 120GB of space to begin with things take on a different vantage point. If you are considering a 90GB SSD for your notebook I would suggest you take a look at how much space you are using already and determine if a 90GB SSD would work for you.
Desktop users will be fine with a 90GB SSD boot drive since they have the option of installing other HDDs to compliment their ultra fast boot drive. I'm actually installing the two Corsair F90's in my two identical test systems this week. Both systems have around 40GB of data on them and since I store the test results on a NAS server, their capacity needs rarely ever change. Many people use their computer this same way and don't install or store a lot of extra data on their PC, so a small, very fast boot drive is perfect for their needs.
The biggest news for the new Corsair F90 is still the price. Newegg currently lists the F90 at 189.99 USD. With new SATA 6G drives coming in the next few months the price is only going to go lower, but for now this is your best bet at getting a quality SandForce drive for less than 200 USD.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Corsair Force F90 SSD]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Everest Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Crystal Disk Mark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 12 [Final Thoughts]