Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD 


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.

Technical Specifications

ControllerLink_A_Media Devices LM87800
Flash MemoryToshiba Toggle-Mode NAND
InterfaceSATA III 6Gb/s
Operating Temperature0° to 70°C
Operating Humidity10% to 90%
Max Operating Altitude40000ft
MTBF2 million hours


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Most Recent Comments

14-09-2012, 13:40:53

just out of curiosity in your review you say you don't care about ocz is there any particular reason why?
Personaly I still think ssd's are to expensive for the size, I'd like to see 250g below £100 b4 I'd consider buying 1 Quote

14-09-2012, 13:41:55

^Ocz are prone to breakingQuote

15-09-2012, 00:03:04

I recently read another review which tested the GTX and the vanilla Neutron side by side, and they were very close in most benchmarks. Close enough so that the cheaper version seems like it might be the better value (~$45 in the difference for 240GB here in Canada).

Any thoughts, Tom?

(Also, I can't thank you enough for all the review vids - they've been extremely helpful while I've been gathering parts for my first PC build.)Quote

20-09-2012, 14:00:12

Seems to be a awesome drive.
But I've a doubt in my mind over the reliability of new LM87800 controller.Quote

17-10-2012, 04:02:25

I have been seeing a lot of poor reviews to the exact complication you were describing about the drive being laggy; Did you ever find out what was the issue? I am looking to buy ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 and was curious if this drive would not work properly;

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