It has been some time in the making but there is a new kid on the block in the SSD controller world.
This controller is the LM87800 6Gb/s SSD controller from Link A Media Devices (LAMD) and, judging by initial performance specs, Corsair made a very smart move grabbing the exclusive on its introduction to the consumer SSD market. The LM87800 will be found in two new Corsair SSDs, the Neutron for typical consumer applications and the Neutron GTX for those power enthusiasts that just have to have the best.
The Corsair Neutron GTX Series will be available come July in capacities of 120, 240 and 480GB and boast performance of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write with an incredible 90,000 IOPS for both read and write disk access using toggle mode NAND flash memory. We were able to capture an ATTO score as such:
The consumer level Neutron will be available in 120 and 240GB capacities and performance (and price) drops a bit to 555MB/s read and 370MB/s write performance but retaining an incredible 90,000 random read and 85,000 random write IOPS. This ATTO of the Neutron displays two in RAID 0:
“The Neutron Series SSDs, a strategic collaboration between Corsair and LAMD, reflects the shared commitment to performance, quality, and reliability ingrained in our companies,” said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. “Together we’ve raised the standard for SSDs, and we have more exciting products on the way.”
“LAMD has built our reputation engineering high-performance, high-reliability SSD controllers for mission-critical enterprise storage solutions,” said Dr. Hemant Thapar, CEO of LAMD. “Now, with Corsairs commitment to delivering innovative, high-performance SSD solutions, we are pleased to bring our advancements in SSD technology to all PC users.”
Although pricing has not yet been announced we just may see it fall in line with present force Series SSDs, given exception to the fact that the Neutron family will be of a 7mm form factor and backed with a five year warranty.