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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



Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview

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CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software that allows us to benchmark 4K and 4K queue depths with accuracy.


Key Features:-


* Sequential reads/writes

* Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes

* Text copy

* Change dialog design

* internationalization (i18n)


Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 Technical Preview was used for these tests since it offers the ability to measure native command queuing at 4 and 32.




Just like with HD Tune Pro we didn't see much of a difference between the two Neutron drives when reading data in CDM. The standard Neutron is actually a little faster here than the GTX at some of the tests.




Writing sequential data shows the GTX having the upper hand, but the 4K and NCQ tests show the two drives as being nearly equal.


CDM uses incompressible data so we get our first look at how the new LAMD Amber fairs against SandForce in this data type when writing data. This has been SandForce's weak spot and a target for critics to point out when disputing claims of SandForce's dominance in the market. The Neutron does appear to have a superior method of dealing with incompressible data, but how does this lead look in real-world tests?

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