Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Review

Final thoughts and the conclusion


User experience

A modern operating system such as Windows 7 rarely does one
thing at time; it processes hundreds of threads at once. Just take a look at
the processes and services that are running in task manager for an idea of how
much is going on, even with the PC idling at the desktop. When you start
running applications on top of this, the workload increases in line with the number
and type of applications you are running. It’s also fair to say that many of
these processes are already loaded into system RAM, but many are also loaded into
and unloaded from RAM from the system drive as and when they are required.

The fact of the matter is this. If you are running a mainstream
or high end modern PC with a powerful CPU and graphics card, and are still
running a traditional HDD as a system drive, regardless of how fast that HDD
is, it is still bogging the system down substantially. It has long since passed
the stage where one can meaningfully debate if an SSD is really faster than a
traditional HDD. The fact is they are, and not just by a little bit: they are
much faster.

If we look at the 4 basic requirements for a really fast SSD,
they are as follows.

  • Small file threaded performance needs to be high.
  • Small random file performance needs to be high.
  • Sequential read and write speeds needs to be high.
  • Fast access times. 

The Corsair Neutron GTX SSD has all of the above attributes in
abundance, and feels as snappy as any other SSD I have tested this year.

Stability

I have only had the Corsair Neutron GTX SSD for a couple of
weeks, so it’s not possible to comment on the drive’s long term reliability.
But what I can tell you now is that during the testing period, the Corsair
Neutron GTX has been 100% stable, with not a single issue to report.

The Corsair Neutron GTX is as “plug n play” as it gets.
There are no special tweaks needed other than simply making sure that AHCI SATA
mode is enabled in the system UEFI (BIOS), and installing the latest Intel RST
SATA drivers if you want to get the best performance and compatibility out of
this SSD.

Long term testing on the Corsair Neutron GTX begins now, and
I will report back if I should encounter any reliability issues with the SSD.

Conclusion:


Let us summarise the most important positive and negative
points below:

Positive:

  • Silky smooth operation as a system drive.
  • Outstanding sequential writing performance.
  • Outstanding 4K random writing performance at low and high queue
    depths.
  • Excellent 4K random reading performance at low and high queue
    depths.
  • Excellent sequential reading performance.
  • SATA 6Gbps support.
  • TRIM support under Windows 7.
  • Ultra fast access times.
  • Excellent price.
  • Completely silent operation.
  • Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times.
  • 5 year warranty.

Negative:

  • Nothing to mention.


To sum up, this is what I
would say:

Throughout this review, the Corsair Neutron GTX has gone
head to head with the best and fastest SATA SSDs currently available. The Neutron
GTX is state of the art, and competes head on with the OCZ Vertex 4 in regards
to performance. In some cases the Corsair Neutron GTX was faster than the
Vertex 4, and in other cases the Vertex 4 had the edge. It’s not possible to
call a winner from those two state of the art SSDs. Instead, I will call it a
draw where performance is concerned.

What I do really like about the Corsair Neutron GTX is that
its performance is always predictable. There is no need to worry if the SSD
will slow down when faced with writing incompressible data, it simply won’t. In
fact, I’m quite sure that is the reason that the Corsair Neutron GTX and the
OCZ Vertex 4 stand head and shoulders above the other SSDs in this article.

The only problem I can see for the Neutron GTX at the moment
is that it’s a little more expensive than its nearest rivals. No doubt the
expensive toggle NAND accounts for the small price premium, but given the
quality and endurance of toggle NAND, it may well be worth the extra price
premium.

Price

As I write this article, I found the Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB
SSD available for £198.29
including VAT
.

For our USA readers, I found the Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB
SSD at Newegg
for $249.99

The prices in Euro are derived from the current UK pound to
Euro exchange rate.

Model

User capacity

Price

Cost per GB
(user capacity)


Corsair Neutron GTX
240GB


224GB

£198.29
€248.04
$249.99

£0.89
€1.11
$1.12

 

The parting sentence is

“The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB is an outstanding performer,
with totally predictable performance, no matter which data type it has to
handle”.

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Review
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Review

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