Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

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.

You can check the Corsair website to find
you more about Corsair, and their high quality products, to do so just click here.

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.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

The front of the box.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

Here is the back of the box.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

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.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

The rear
of the Corsair Neutron XTi SSD.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

Four Toshiba 15NM MLC NAND on this side of
the PCB, the Phison S10 controller, and NANYA DDR3L 256MB RAM.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

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.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

The Phison PS3110-S10-X controller.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

The Toshiba NAND.

Specifications of the Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

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.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

A more detailed specification for the
Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD.

CrystalDiskInfo

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

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.