We got off track a bit with the new charts, but they give us a new look at metrics we've ignored for far too long. Once we have more data collected and organized by capacity size we can fill the charts in with relevant comparisons. In total we have ten new tests, but only rolled out four today. We'll have an article detailing the new testing procedures in a couple of days.
So, getting back to the task at hand - the Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB. Despite the low 50% performance in our Data on Disk testing and higher than average power consumption, the Neutron GTX 480GB is a very good SSD. The performance in both compressible and incompressible data is very fast, faster than we even unleashed in our review today. In further testing we learned that in order to get the most out of the Neutron GTX, just disabling all of the performance robbing C-States wasn't enough. The new Intel drivers deliver a higher boost than before when you disable Windows Write-Caching Buffer. With the box checked in Device Manager the Neutron GTX 480GB's performance shot up to 90K in Vantage.
Then we have the price, which is a bit higher than what we expected. At $499 the Neutron GTX 480GB is less than $1 per GB when you add in the spare area. The Neutron actually has 512GB of flash under the lid, the spare area works to keep performance high and increases endurance. The price is higher than the LSI SandForce 480GB drives on the market, but the performance is also higher as well in several areas.
Given the power draw, we feel the Neutron GTX is a better drive for desktops than notebooks working on battery power. The Neutron Series ships with a 7mm z-height though and your choices in that form factor are somewhat limited.
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