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Corsair Neutron XT SSD Preview

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

Bapco MobileMark 2012 1.5


Version and / or Patch Used: 2012 1.5

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MobileMark 2012 1.5 is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation and media consumption. Unlike benchmarks that only measure battery life, MobileMark 2012 measures battery life and performance simultaneously, showing how well a system design addresses the inherent tradeoffs between performance and power management.




On the product specifications page, we mentioned that Corsair doesn't have DEVSLP / Slumber working yet. The feature reduces the power consumed when the drive is idle.


Even without working DEVSLP, the Neutron XT does remarkably well in our notebook power test. In time, we'll be able to retest these drives with working DEVSLP and we should see the battery time increase by a large amount.



Power Limited Performance




In a notebook's power limited state, the CPU, memory, PCIe bus and SATA bus operate at lower speeds to reduce power. This increases the battery life but also means nearly all SSDs perform at the same performance level. Some drives are special though and are able to perform a little better than others in this limited power environment.



Thermal Testing




At idle, the Phison S10 controller runs at just 30C. Under a 4K random write load for 15 minutes, the controller temperature increases to 72C without the drive in a case. That is a little higher than some of the other controller we've tested, but quite a bit less than the Samsung XP941 (115C), and the previous Neutron Series (88C).

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