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Corsair Neutron XT SSD Preview

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 17, 2014 2:00 pm

Corsair Neutron XT 960GB SSD




Our early samples arrived in black cases, but the final retail product coming in December will have a red case like the Force GS, also from Corsair. We have all three capacity sizes available to test, but will focus on the 960GB model in this section.






The Neutron XT uses a 7mm z-height so it will fit in notebooks and Ultrabooks that require a 7mm drive like some Lenovo T430 models.






Our sample model didn't use a thermal pad to transfer heat from the controller, DRAM or flash to the case. We'll look at the heat output later in this review with our FLIR camera.




Corsair managed to stuff all 1TB of capacity in just eight NAND flash packages. This model uses two DRAM packages for buffering data, the 480BG and 240GB models use a single DRAM package for this.






Here we get our first look at the final silicon Phison S10 controller.




Corsair used A19, AKA second-generation 19nm Toshiba toggle flash for the Neutron XT.




There are two Nanya DDR3 DRAM packages with 16x 256Mb die for a total of 512MB per package or 1GB of DDR3 total in the 960GB Neutron XT.

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