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Corsair Neutron Series Solid State Drives Review - LAMD or Wolf in a 7mm Package?

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:00 am
Manufacturer: Corsair

Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: BETA 11


So what is Anvil Storage Utilities? First of all, it's a storage benchmark for SSDs and HDDs where you can check and monitor your performance. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests, you can run a full test or just the read or the write test or you can run a single test, i.e. 4K DQ16.


Anvil Storage Utilities is not officially available yet but we've been playing with the beta for several months now. The author, Anvil on several international forums has been updating the software steadily and is adding new features every couple of months.


The software can be used several different ways and to show different aspects for each drive. We've chosen to use this software to show the performance of a drive with two different data sets. The first is with compressible data and the second data set is incompressible data. Several users have requested this data in our SSD reviews.



Fill Compressible Data





Incompressible Data




These tests remind me of a crossword puzzle when viewed side-by-side like this. First things first, neither Neutron drive takes a hit when moving from compressible data to incompressible data. Reading horizontally and comparing the base model to the GTX model we see there isn't much difference that way either in these QD1 to QD16 tests. Each flash type excels at different areas nothing really leaps out and says this is the model you should purchase over the other.



4K 32QD Random Read




The QD32 random read performance from both drives is very good, higher than what we achieved on the Force GS just last week (49,291 IOPS).



4K 32QD Random Write




In the QD32 write IOPS test we saw a big advantage for the GTX model. Here though the Force GS we tested last week scored higher (92,587 IOPS).

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