Corsair Neutron GTX SSD review: Corsair Neutron GTX SSD

Cost per gigabyte
The new Corsair Neutron GTX is not expensive but it could be more affordable. The drive's 240GB capacity currently costs about $250, slightly more than a $1 per gigabyte. The drive's 120G capacity is a bit more expensive, in terms of cost per gigabyte, at $150. Compare this with the 85 cents-per-gigabyte pricing of the Samsung 830 Series, or the 98 cents per gigabyte of the Intel 520 Series. The Corsair Neutron pricing will probably get lower in the future, however, since the drive is relatively new to the market.

Cost per GB (in dollars)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Performance
The Corsair Neutron GTX performed very well in my testing, being the fastest among all 7mm SSDs I've reviewed. The test machine, when using the new drive as its main storage, took just 10 seconds to boot and less than 6 seconds to shut down.

All software applications also were noticeably quicker to launch, even when compared with results using some other SSDs. This is significant since generally it's hard to notice the difference in application performance between different SSDs. In data copy tests, which are the ones that clearly show the difference between drives, the Corsair Neutron GTX did very well too.

When the drive was used as a secondary drive in a computer and performed only the writing, it scored 274MBps, making it the fastest among all SSDs I've reviewed. In fact it was more than 10MBps faster than the runner-up, the Samsung 830 Series, which scored 263MBps in the same test.

When used as the main drive of the test machine (the most popular use of SSDs) and performing writing and reading at the same time, the new Corsair also did very well at 161MBps, though slower than the Samsung's 172MBps.

All in all, the Corsair Neutron GTX offered some of the best performance I've seen, showing the power of the LAMD LM87800 controller when coupled with Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND memory chips.

Data transfer (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As secondary drive  
As OS drive  
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 
OCZ Vertex 4
246.55 
168.36 
Corsair Neutron GTX
273.62 
161.38 
RunCore Pro V 7mm
236.71 
155.89 
Plextor M5 Pro
251.19 
155.65 
Intel 520 Series
230.01 
154.01 
Corsair Neutron
237.69 
138.44 
OCZ Octane
183.41 
135.43 
Monster Digital Le Mans
177.56 
121.11 
Crucial M4
235.51 
117.99 
SanDisk Extreme
234.15 
117.66 
Plextor M3
221.98 
110.4 
OCZ Agility 3
207.75 
101.67 
RunCore Pro V Max
186.78 
92.55 
Patriot Pyro
190.01 
76.44 
SanDisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 

Internal hard drive boot and shutdown times (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Shutdown  
Boot time  
Corsair Neutron GTX
5.28 
10 
SanDisk Extreme
6 
11 
Plextor M5 Pro
6.21 
11.1 
Corsair Neutron
6.2 
12 
OCZ Vertex 4
6.8 
12 
OCZ Octane
6.3 
12 
Patriot Pyro
6 
12.5 
Samsung 830 Series
6 
13.3 
SanDisk Ultra
7.2 
13.5 
Crucial M4
6.8 
13.7 
OCZ Vertex 3
5.8 
14.1 
OCZ Agility 3
6.7 
14.7 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
7.9 
45.4 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
12.2 
56.2 

Conclusion
With great performance and relatively friendly pricing, the Corsair Neutron GTX would be an excellent SSD for anybody.

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  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive
  • Capacity 480 GB
  • Buffer Size 256 MB