Corsair Neutron SATA III SSD Review

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PCMark 7 Storage Benchmarks

We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage

There's only about a 8.7% delta separating the highest and lowest performing drives in the PCMark 7 secondary storage benchmark, but unfortunately for the Neutron, it brought up the rear here. If you look at the individual test results though, you'll see only small differences in each test separate the drives we tested and that the Neutron outperforms some other drives in a few key areas, like Starting Applications and Gaming, even though its aggregate score isn't the best.

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