Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSD Review – New Link A Media Controller Pulls No Punches

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our analysis today will be conducted with our new Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASUS (P8Z77-V Premium), Intel (Core i7-3770K), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H100) and Be Quiet (PSU/Fans) for supporting the build of our Z77 Premium Test Bench.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark Vantage.  We rely on these as they each have a way of supporting one another yet, at the same time, adding a new performance benchmark to the total picture.  Much of the software is free and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the linked title.

LAMD LM87800 CONTROLLER

This photo is one of the first of the new LAMD controller and it is only available within the Corsair Neutron SSDs at this time.  Corsair highlights the best characteristic of it’s feature set as being its ability to easily handly highly incompressible data.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 3.9.3

Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, ‘power on’ information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that both SSDs are capable of TRIM as it is not greyed out as with AAM and APM.  Throughout this report, we will be displaying the higher performing GTX on the left with the neutron on the right.

10 comments

  1. Glad to see another SSD controller apart from Marvell that doesn’t flop under incompressable data like Sandforce does.

  2. My next SSD will likely be a 512GB. As soon as the prices come down to $400.

  3. the prices are 399.99 and less for some good ones

  4. Today you can get a Crucial M4 right here at the forum store for 349.00 ,512gb.

  5. Superb review and great shoot on picture 🙂

  6. Great review. Thanks so much! Will look to budget one of these into my next build.

  7. Only one thing>they are not sata 6,else perfect 🙂

  8. all tests are to simple for me. You did not write if neutron caches data in DRAM, what happen if power ist lost. how disk will work in real world not just brand new out of the box?
    look to storagereview or anandtech tests. they try to look deeper into the subject.
    not all users are buing ssd to test how fast it can write one big file to laptop. many people uses SSD as smart cache for HHDs. are neutrons good for that?

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