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.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Corsair Neutron Series GTX 480GB SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - BootRacer]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - DiskBench]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - Power Testing]
- Page 15 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Valve partners with Bitpay, with Bitcoin support now on Steam
- Intel no longer defines itself as a PC company, thinking more broadly
- Weekly Giveaway: Win a ZOTAC SONIX PCIe 480GB SSD (Global Entry!)
- Facebook, Messenger, Instagram apps debut on Windows 10
- Fallout 4 Steam patch adds Survival difficulty, improves performance
- Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Bluetooth Portable Speaker Review
- Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS Review
- Cold double post on Z77X-UD5H
- Lian Li PC-X510 question about resonance sound
- 1MORE Swarovski Crystal Piston Earphones Review
- ASRock and Intel teams up to create one of the smallest mini PCs: DeskMini
- Sapphire launches Radeon Pro Duo for ultimate VR & 4K experience
- Seagate now shipping 10TB helium enterprise drive in volume
- ENERMAX announces the new DFR technology with D.F.PRESSURE
- World's first 24/7 esports TV channel launched