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Corsair Neutron 128GB and 256GB (2013 Hynix Edition) SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 8, 2013 10:31 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair Neutron SSDs

 

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Neutron is also one of the few mainstream class SSDs on the market with a 7mm z-height. Companies are quickly jumping to the new 7mm height that's designed for new ultrabooks. The ultrabook market had a slow early adaption thanks to higher than expected prices and a miserable operating experience. I'm sure the global economy played a role, but with Haswell, Intel's fourth generation Core processor on the horizon, sales are expected to skyrocket.

 

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With that in mind, I don't see a reason to purchase a 9.5mm, standard notebook height SSD from this point forward.

 

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Here we see the two drives undressed, the 128GB Neutron on the left and the 256GB Neutron on the right.

 

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Both capacity sizes share the same LAMD LM87800AA controller, the same found on the Neutron GTX as well.

 

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We expected to find Hynix DRAM in the new Neutron since the controller and DRAM came from the same entity, but Samsung DRAM is what we found.

 

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As we've mentioned, the new Neutron uses Hynix NAND. The only difference between the 128GB and the 256GB was the NAND density - both capacity sizes use eight NAND flash chips.

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