Reviews and Problems with Corsair Neutron GTX Series (CSSD-N120GBGTXB-BK / CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK / CSSD-N480GBGTX-BK)
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Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB Solid State Drive Review
29 September 2013
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...
Excerpt: Corsair is no stranger to the field of memory products and today, we have its flagship SSD series called Neutron Series GTX. This series uses the fastest NAND flash technology currently available – Toggle NAND, which is supposed to be faster than synchronous flash memory as well. Let’s see how it fares.Design and BuildUnlike most SSDs, the Neutron Series GTX uses an aluminium chassis, which makes it extremely light compared to most SSDs in the market.
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.
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.
Excerpt: 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.
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.