Reviews and Problems with Corsair Neutron GTX Series (CSSD-N120GBGTXB-BK / CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK / CSSD-N480GBGTX-BK)
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Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB Review
5 April 2013
Excerpt: When we last paid a visit to the Corsair Neutron GTX late last year , we declared it one wicked-fast SSD, but it was unfortunately nicked at the finish line by the Samsung 840 Pro . Corsair isn't too worried about that, though, and seems to have adopted an "upwards and onwards" mentality we see manifested in the capacious 480GB variant of the GTX that landed on our test bed this time around.
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.
Excerpt: Corsair’s Neutron GTX is the first solid-state drive to arrive in the Lab sporting a brand-new eight-channel controller from a company named Link A Media Devices (LAMD for short). The controller promises top-notch I/O performance, especially in a multitasking environment, making this a drive specifically targeted at hardcore enthusiasts—which is you, since you’re reading this.
Pros: Superfast; ultra-slim, five year warranty.
Cons: Not as fast as Samsung's 840 and some SandForce Drives.
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: 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.
Summary: We got off track a bit with the new charts, but they give us a new look at metrics we've ignored for far too long. Once we have more data collected and organized by capacity size we can fill the charts in with relevant comparisons. In total we have ten new tests, but only rolled out four today. We'll have an article detailing the new testing procedures in a couple of days.
Summary: Pairing the Link_A_Media Devices LM87800 controller with Toshiba toggle NAND has proven to be a formidable combination that puts the Corsair’s flagship Neutron GTX SSD on the very short list of drives we’d want in our system.
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB Solid State Drive Review
16 October 2012
Conclusion: When we looked at the Neutron SSD not too long ago, on the whole I was very impressed with the capability of the new LAMD controller and its potential to take on the known and well trusted SandForce SF-2281 IC. As expected with a next level model, the GTX has put the icing on the cake for the LAMD controller, showing with a higher level of performance that it is a new contender on the market and I believe that given time and a few more integrations into other drives that...