Corsair seems to be coming back and making a real presence with premium products. Their new Neutron XTi flagship SATA III SSD is a prime example of this. Corsair decided to go in the opposite direction with this SSD by not reducing or eliminating the onboard DRAM cache for better profit margins, but instead doubling it for better performance. We believe the gamble will pay off for Corsair and help to enlarge their SSD market share.
We believe it is important to support the smaller guy's if they can deliver competitive products. Big corporations are just going to cut corners to make more profit margin; without the smaller guy's there is no resistance. We need more enthusiast companies back in the game or DRAM-less and BGA SSD days are nigh. Not good for the DIY market populated by PC enthusiasts who are always-on the lookout for a performance upgrade they can perform themselves.
We didn't think that Corsair's Neutron XTi would be able to challenge Samsung's 850 Pro in any meaningful way because it's such a monumental feat, but we were wrong about that. The Neutron XTi was able to significantly outperform Samsung's juggernaut when subjected to heavy workloads that simulate common user states for many enthusiast and workstation users. Does more DRAM cache make a difference? You bet it does.
We are also pleased with the MSRP of Corsair's Neutron XTi. Despite the additional production costs incurred by doubling the Neutron XTi's onboard DRAM cache, it will be selling from day one for about $40-$50 less than an 850 Pro of a similar capacity point.
What's inside is further complimented by what's on the outside. We love the Neutron XTI's bright red enclosure. It possesses a flashiness that will compliment many an enthusiasts' custom build. Overall the build quality is top notch, and the drive has a quality feel to it. Corsair's SSD Toolbox is one of the best in the business and is a nice value add; it even supports drive cloning.
Running Corsair's Neutron XTi as our OS disk was a very pleasurable experience. The drive is responsive, boots like lightning, and handles multi-tasking with ease. Overall the Corsair Neutron XTi delivers a tier one SSD experience.
Corsair's Neutron XTi 480GB and 960GB SATA III SSDs are both TweakTown recommended.
- Low Cost
- MLC Flash
- Heavy Workloads
- Five-Year Warranty
- Moderate Workload
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: Corsair's Neutron XTi handles the heaviest consumer workloads with ease. If you are in the market for such an SSD, you can't do much better than Corsair's Neutron XTi.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil's]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CDM & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace, OS Volume) - Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfers]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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