Review: Corsair Neutron XTi
Reviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis
Provided by: Corsair
Model: Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD
Firmware version: SAFC02.3
Technology wise SSDs have changed a lot over the last couple of years, they went from a luxury item for the very few enthusiasts to a component that is almost essential by today’s standards. For SSDs to achieve that it helped that prices became more affordable to everyone, also the capacity of the drives is now much higher. But for all this to have happened sacrifices had to be made, a large number of new drives comes with TLC NAND that sacrifice a big part of the write speed, but give larger capacities at lower prices.
Now the question is, where do you look when you want the best performing drive that you can get for your money?
Thankfully Corsair is here and has introduced the new Neutron XTi SSD series, SSDs that are the best that Corsair has to offer, without making any compromises. Today I will be taking a closer look at the Neutron XTi 480GB SSD and thanks to Corsair for providing the drive for this review.
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So let’s start this review by taking a look at the packaging and its contents, before moving on to some testing.
The Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD
As always I will start by taking a look at the package and the contents that are included with the Corsair Neutron XTi SSD. We’ll start with the package.
The front of the box.
Here is the back of the box.
The top side of the SSD is mainly covered by a big sticker that covers the majority of the red painted chassis. Inside the box there is also a 2.5mm adapter.
The rear of the Corsair Neutron XTi SSD.
Four Toshiba 15NM MLC NAND on this side of the PCB, the Phison S10 controller, and NANYA DDR3L 256MB RAM.
On the other side of the PCB we find another set of four Toshiba 15nm NAND, and another NANYA 256MB DDR3L, making a total of 512MB of RAM, and a lot of capacitors.
The Phison PS3110-S10-X controller.
The Toshiba NAND.
Specifications of the Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD
We can see that the Neutron XTi is available in three capacities, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Corsair was kind enough to send me the 480GB drive, so this is the drive that I will be testing.
A more detailed specification for the Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD.
In the above screenshot we can see all the available info for the Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.