Corsair’s SSD lineup is due for a refresh this year and the company kicked it off with a high-end solution, the Neutron series. This is a bit of a wild card to throw out, hence the Neutron moniker (free Neutrons that occur naturally are unstable and don’t hold charge very well when not grouped together – that’s science, not SSD tech for the noobs who are confused) as the drives are driven not by any controllers you’ve seen before. No, Corsair has kicked out Sandforce, Marvell and Indilinx-based solutions for a design from Link_A_Media (LAMD).
LAMD makes enterprise drives for those SSD arrays that use thousands of drives for data centers. The chip in question is the LM87800, a 6Gb/s controller that serves up capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB drives. The LAMD choice is interesting, possibly for the superior incompressible data read and write speeds. Hit the jump for more info.
The drives come standard with Toggle-mode NAND, which is the same memory type that helped see Plextor drives rise from irrelevance to being recommended in the NAG Dream Machine and the gold standard on many hardware sites across the interwebs. The new family is split into the standard and GTX drives. Read speeds for the GTX family are up to 555MB/s and 500MB/s for write-intensive tasks. IOPS are set at 90,000, a tall order to beat even for OCZ/s Vertex 4 based on their in-house Indilinx controller.
The standard Neutron drives boast read speeds of 555MB/s and write speeds at 370MB/s, with IOPS sitting at 85,000, the same as the Vertex 4 and the Plextor family. Both drive families incorporate enterprise-level error correction features and advanced NAND management technologies. The GTX series in addition features a sort of hardware-based TRIM called Adaptive DSP, keeping the drive’s performance levels nearly the same throughout the 5-year standard warranty.
The drives measure 7mm in height and come with 3.5″ adapter brackets for ease of use in desktop chassis. Corsair expects a worldwide release in July. Pricing isn’t set for the various regions, but expect it to be more expensive than Plextor or OCZ’s best efforts.
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