Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD performed well throughout our battery of tests. The drive didn’t clearly lead in performance in any one category, but overall performance is very good and competitive with some of the best solid state drives currently available. The Corsair Neutron showed particular strength with 4K transfers at higher queue depths and we competitive in our IOMeter tests. The Corsair Neutron also offers consistent performance, regardless of the compressibility of the data being transferred, which is another plus.
Although there are still questions to answer about the long term reliability of the Corsair Neutron line of drives, due to its exclusive use of a new Link_A_Media LM87800 controller, initial indicators are good. There haven’t been any widespread reports of compatibility or stability issues that we’re aware of, which bodes well for the drive. Corsair is also backing the Neutron up with 5 year warranty, so the company doesn’t seem to have any concerns either.
Pricing on the Corsair Neutron line of drives is also competitive. As of this writing, the 240GB model we tested is available for about $189, or approximately $0.79 per gigabyte. At that price, the Neutron is among the most affordable 240 – 256GB solid state drives on the market.
All thing considered, we really like the Corsair Neutron quite a bit. It’s not class leading in any particular category, but it offers competitive performance at a good price, and it’s backed by a solid warranty. If you’re in the market for a new SSD, the Corsair Neutron is worth checking out.