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

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

NEUTRON SSD PCMARK VANTAGE TOTAL POINT SCORE

Both the Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX flew through Vantage HDD Suite Testing with a Total Point Score of 72343 (Neutron) and 72927 points (GTX), respectively.  These are some of the highest results we have seen yet and, as much as it displays a very convincing story for the Neutron family, it says just a bit about PCMark Vantage which is not so favorable.  It is no secret that Vantage favors testing with compressible data more so than incompressible and perhaps they should revise it so that a clearer picture can be painted for SSDs with different results in testing incompressible data.  I think that, somehow, the vastly different sequential and 512k write performance should be visible in Vantage testing which it obviously is not.

NEUTRON GTX

NEUTRON

The following Chart is our PCMark Vantage SSD Hierarchy and contains our top twenty Vantage Total Scores for new gen SATA 3 higher capacity SSDs:

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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