Corsair's move to the Link A Media LM87800 controller has been a good thing. The Neutron GTX performs better, thanks to its faster toggle-mode NAND, but this SSD: the Corsair Neutron with its synchronous MLC NAND, is still a very fast drive - at a great price for a 240GB SSD. See all storage reviews.
Corsair's Neutron SSD outperformed our reference drive by a wide margin. It carries a five-year warranty, and is street priced at around £170 to £190. Buying Advice: Corsair Neutron SSDs review: first SSDs with LAMD controller.
In our tests, the Corsair Neutron read our 10GB mix of smaller files and folders at a rate of 383.3 MBps, and it wrote them at 350.2 MBps. It wrote our single 10GB file at 497.5 MBps and read it at 425.7 MBps. The overall average read/write speed was a substantial 414 MBps.
The Corsair Neutron is priced on the street at around £175. That makes the price per gigabyte only 73p, one of the better ratios for a major-name SSD. The Neutron carries the same five-year warranty that the Neutron GTX and other top performers provide.
Corsair's Neutron is fast enough to give your system a kick in the pants without unduly straining your wallet.
Corsair Neutron SSD 240GB: performance results
(CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Corsair Neutron SSD 240GB review: SSDs explained
Installing an SSD in your PC, be it a laptop or a desktop, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost the machine's overall performance. The change won't be merely noticeable—it will startle you. Your system will boot more quickly, windows and menus will jump open, and programs and data will load much, much faster.
In case you don't know what an SSD is, the acronym stands for solid-state drive—that is, solid-state as in no moving parts, and drive as in the fact that an SSD appears as a hard drive to your computer. But instead of storing data on one or more spinning platters, an SSD writes and reads data to and from nonvolatile flash memory. In addition, an SSD contains a controller that's analogous to the memory controller in your PC's CPU or core-logic chipset.
Many vendors sell SSDs, but the devices are far from equal. Flash memory and controller technology have both advanced so quickly that what was fast last year is now second-class. The drives you might find in the bargain bin will be faster than a consumer-grade mechanical hard drive, but they won't deliver the astounding performance boost you'll be looking for after you read this article.
The memory/interface controller is a major factor in determining each SSD's performance. Corsair is blazing a path with its Neutron series drives (the GTX and Neutron) by using Link A Media's LM87800 controller.