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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

Corsair Neutron Series Solid State Drives




Our Neutron GTX isn't a retail unit, but it was tested with production hardware and firmware. The front cover of each drive shows the capacity size, part number and serial number.




The back of the drive is void of data, but we do see the mounting points located where they should be.




Both Neutron models use the new 7mm Z-height which means they are good to go inside your ultrabook. You can use these drives in all adapter brackets because the side and bottom mounting points are in the same location as 2.5" form factor drives using 9 and even 14.5mm heights.




The desktop adapter bracket offsets the drive so the power and data connectors are closer to in line with standard 3.5" HDDs. This makes for easier cable management.




Here we see the drives without the cases. The baseline Neutron is on the left and the GTX model is on the right.


In the top right side corner of each drive we see a Samsung K4T1G08QF DDR2 module. The speed is stated as F7 so this is a DDR-2 800MHz chip with 1GB capacity.


As we mentioned, the base Neutron uses Micron 25nm synchronous flash and you can see eight chips on this side of the PCB. The Neutron GTX uses Toshiba 24nm Toggle flash, eight total though and they are all on the same side.




On the back of each drive we found another Samsung DDR2-800 chip with 1GB capacity. The GTX is void of any flash on this side of the drive, but the Neutron has an additional eight NAND flash chips for a total of 16.




We are getting close to the launch of IMFT 20nm flash, but not in the Neutron, at least not now. This is 25nm Micron branded synchronous flash, the same found in the Corsair Force GT.



Just a week ago we tested the Plextor M5 Pro, the first drive to use 19nm Toshiba Toggle flash, but Corsair went with 24nm Toggle for the GTX.




Finally we have the Link_A_Media Devices LM87800 controller, also known as Amber.

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