Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Review
Such is the market saturation and high speeds available from the many SandForce equipped solid state drives, it's a confident company indeed who chooses to bring a new controller to the table and place it into a flagship model.
However, Corsair have never been a company to back down from a challenge, and so today we're looking at their latest drive, the Neutron GTX, equipped with a Link_A_Media Devices (hereafter LAMD) LM87800 controller. So what are the main benefits of this?
Firstly the big thrust with the LAMD is the multi-tasking design ethos. Although for most of us raw speed is the key ingredient, it's a drives ability to handle multiple input and output operations (IOPS) that mean you can work with a multitude of files and still, hopefully, get excellent performance.
Secondly the LAMD maintains its throughput without resorting to compression. Many controllers compress your data 'on the fly' to enable it to reach the highest speeds, but this obviously creates problems when you're transferring already compressed media. The LM87800 doesn't utilise compression and so you should see high performance regardless of the file type you're working with.
Finally the LM87800 has a raft of inbuilt management technologies to keep the drive performing at its peak for far longer than comparable controllers. These include the all important wear levelling, garbage collection and TRIM support. Today's GTX model also contains 'Adaptive DSP' which allows the controller to determine the optimum performance levels of the NAND with a minimal amount of queries, which should greatly extend the life of the NAND, and the speed of the drive.
Of course, most of these long-term benefits wont be visible in the short time we have available to test, so we'll concentrate mainly upon the speed.
|Controller||Link_A_Media Devices LM87800|
|Flash Memory||Toshiba Toggle-Mode NAND|
|Interface||SATA III 6Gb/s|
|Operating Temperature||0° to 70°C|
|Operating Humidity||10% to 90%|
|Max Operating Altitude||40000ft|
|MTBF||2 million hours|