Reviews and Problems with Corsair Neutron GTX Series (CSSD-N120GBGTXB-BK / CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK / CSSD-N480GBGTX-BK)
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Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB Review
3 February 2014
Summary: At a street price of Rs.18,200, the Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB SSD is not overly expensive when you consider the performance it delivers. Considering most 240GB SSDs hover around the 15K-16K price bracket, this pricing is not bad when given the performance. Yes, it’s still a lot of money, but then again, it’s not targeted at the everyday user in mind.
Summary: When we previously reviewed the 240GB version of this drive we awarded it a 9 verdict, and that ruling stands. The drive is amazingly fast in a lot of tests, but not all. It’s certainly the fastest drive we’ve ever tested at this capacity, though, so as we begin to transition to 512GB the Neutron GTX will no doubt be a serious contender.
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: Throughout this review, the Corsair Neutron GTX has gone head to head with the best and fastest SATA SSDs currently available. The Neutron GTX is state of the art, and competes head on with the OCZ Vertex 4 in regards to performance. In some cases the Corsair Neutron GTX was faster than the Vertex 4, and in other cases the Vertex 4 had the edge.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive., Outstanding sequential writing performance., Outstanding 4K random writing performance at low and high queue depths., Excellent 4K random reading performance at low and high queue depths., Excellent sequential reading performance., SATA 6Gbps support., TRIM support under Windows 7., Ultra fast access times., Excellent price., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., 5 year warranty.
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB Solid State Drive Review
25 November 2012
Conclusion: Following our recent look at Corsair’s new Neutron SSD, based on the LAMD LM87800 controller, we were very impressed with how the newcomer performed when marked against the equivalent SandForce driven drives and more so how it looks to shake up the SSD market. As a one up on the Neutron, the Neutron GTX is set to top the line and not only shake up the SSD market, but more like blow it wide open for a new range of LAMD based drives in the future.
Summary: Overall the only area where it lagged in any significant way was in heavily queued 32-command workloads. The GTX is an impressive drive, and we can’t wait to see if other manufacturers jump on the LAMD train. Even though the Samsung 840 Pro steals its thunder a bit, Corsair’s new solid state drive is still one of the fastest we have ever tested.
Pros: Superfast; ultra-slim, five year warranty.
Cons: Not as fast as Samsung's 840 and some SandForce Drives.
Summary: Releasing successful SSD series is something Corsair is very keen on. Their enthusiast SATA3 segment is now certainly filled up with many SSDs, and each and every one of them is impressive.
Honestly I didn't expect too much of the Neutron series with that fairly unknown controller. Admittedly, it seems to be rock solid when it comes to performance.
Summary: One major issue that stops many users from making the jump to SSDs is capacity. Especially with mobile devices small capacity can be a killer. In desktops and enthusiast rigs we can merely stack an SSD among our large platter drives, utilizing it for the operating system and our 'choice' data. Speeding up our games and favorite applications is a common use in desktops, with our old spinning HDDs holding the brunt of the storage.
Conclusion: Shop around and you'll find that plenty of high-capacity SSDs are readily available at under £300. The 480GB SanDisk Extreme (£275) and the 512GB Crucial M4 (£285) are perfect examples; they offer excellent performance and high-capacity at a competitive price. Such drives serve the masses well, but for enthusiasts wanting every last drop of performance, a few manufacturers are battling it out for top-dollar supremacy.
Summary: The Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB and its LAMD Amber controller represent the next generation of high capacity SSDs. Typically large SSDs suffer performance degradation compared to smaller counterparts, and today we test the Neutron GTX with its Toshiba Toggle NAND to see if this holds true with Corsairs next generation controllers.
Excerpt: With OCZ Technology slowing down, or falling off a cliff, depending on who you ask, some say Corsair is next in line to become number one. Number one at what wasn't defined, but it was an interesting conversation with an employee from another manufacturer that clearly had a special place in his heart for Corsair.