Corsair Neutron SSD review: Corsair Neutron SSD

Cost per gigabyte
The new Corsair Neutron is noticeably more affordable than its big brother, the Corsair Neutron GTX, but not affordable enough compared with other SSDs. The drive's 240GB-capacity version currently costs about $214, effectively just about 89 cents per gigabyte, which is still slightly more expensive than the Samsung 830 Series, which is also much faster. The drive's 120GB version costs even more at $1.08 per gigabyte.

As I said earlier, though, the Corsair Neutron is relatively new on the market; SSD prices tend to get lower a few months after the release date.

Performance
The Corsair Neutron didn't perform as well as the Neutron GTX, but it wasn't that bad, either. The test machine, when using the new drive as its main storage, took about 12 seconds to boot and slightly more than 6 seconds to shut down. While these were very short times, they were actually among the longest for SSDs I've tested.

Nonetheless, applications took very little time to launch, especially when compared with a hard drive in the same setup. In fact, in real-world usage, you probably won't see any difference in application performance between the Neutron and the Neutron GTX.

In data copy tests (data copying isn't the primary use for SSDs, but it shows their performance most clearly), the Neutron did well. As with the previously reviewed SSDs, I tested the drive both when it was used as a secondary drive (and performed only the writing) and when it was used as the main drive of a computer (and performed both writing and reading at the same time). The latter is more representative of what customers will experience with the drive.

When the drive was used as a secondary drive, the Neutron hit 238MBps (compared with the Neutron GTX's 274MBps), among the top six on the charts. When used as the main drive of the test machine, it registered 138MBps; that's about average among the internal drives I've reviewed.

Data transfer scores (in megabytes per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As Secondary drive  
As OS drive  
Corsair Neutron GTX
273.62 
161.38 
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 
Plextor M5 Pro
251.19 
155.65 
OCZ Vertex 4
246.55 
168.36 
Corsair Neutron
237.69 
138.44 
RunCore Pro V 7mm
236.71 
155.89 
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 
OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB)
190.34 
148.33 
Patriot Pyro
190.01 
76.44 
RunCore Pro V Max
186.78 
92.55 
OCZ Octane
183.41 
135.43 
Monster Digital LeMans
177.56 
121.11 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 
Sandisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 

Boot and shutdown time (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 Octane
6.3 
12 
Patriot Pyro
6 
12.5 
Plextor M3
7 
13 
Samsung 830 Series
6 
13.3 
SanDisk Ultra
7.2 
13.5 
Crucial M4
6.8 
13.7 
OCZ Agility 3
6.7 
14.7 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
7.9 
45.4 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
12.2 
56.2 

Conclusion
Fast and relatively affordable, the Corsair Neutron is another excellent SSD on the market, especially if its price gets a little friendlier in the near future.

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Corsair Neutron Series SSD (240GB, SATA 3, 6Gb/s)

Part Number: CSSD-N240GB3-BK
MSRP: $259.99 Low Price: $535.44 See all prices

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  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive
  • Capacity 240 GB