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Corsair Neutron XT SSD Preview

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 17, 2014 2:00 pm

Corsair Neutron XT 960GB SSD

 

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Our early samples arrived in black cases, but the final retail product coming in December will have a red case like the Force GS, also from Corsair. We have all three capacity sizes available to test, but will focus on the 960GB model in this section.

 

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The Neutron XT uses a 7mm z-height so it will fit in notebooks and Ultrabooks that require a 7mm drive like some Lenovo T430 models.

 

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Our sample model didn't use a thermal pad to transfer heat from the controller, DRAM or flash to the case. We'll look at the heat output later in this review with our FLIR camera.

 

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Corsair managed to stuff all 1TB of capacity in just eight NAND flash packages. This model uses two DRAM packages for buffering data, the 480BG and 240GB models use a single DRAM package for this.

 

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Here we get our first look at the final silicon Phison S10 controller.

 

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Corsair used A19, AKA second-generation 19nm Toshiba toggle flash for the Neutron XT.

 

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There are two Nanya DDR3 DRAM packages with 16x 256Mb die for a total of 512MB per package or 1GB of DDR3 total in the 960GB Neutron XT.

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