The Corsair Neutron GTX is an exciting new solid-state drive. This is partly because it's one of the first SSDs from Corsair that I've worked with and mostly because it would be an excellent drive for any computer.
The new drive is the performance version of the more budget Corsair Neutron drive, which is less expensive and slower. But the Neutron GTX costs more for good reason: it's one of the fastest SSDs I've seen and it's the fastest among all 7-millimeter-thick SSDs I've reviewed.
The drive's excellent performance is enough make up for its cost of around $1 per gigabyte, which, though not really super expensive or the most expensive, is still comparatively high.
That said, if you're looking for a top performer for your system or want to upgrade to a new drive, even from an existing SSD, the Corsair Neutron GTX would be an excellent choice. If you want a drive that offers similar performance but slightly more affordable, I'd also recommend the Samsung 830 Series.
Design and features
|Drive type||7mm-thick, 2.5-inch standard Internal drive |
|Connector options||SATA 3 (6Gbps), SATA 2, SATA|
|Available capacities||120GB, 240GB|
|Product dimensions||7mm-thick, 2.5-inch standard|
|Capacity of test unit||240GB|
|Integrated DRAM Cache memory ||256MB of DDR2-800|
|Flash memory type ||Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND|
|OSes supported||Windows, Mac, Linux|
The Corsair Neutron GTX is another SSD I've reviewed that comes in the new and increasingly popular 7mm thickness. And that means, like the rest, it can fit in the vast majority of systems, ranging from many ultrathin laptops to regular laptops to desktop computers. The drive still uses the 2.5-inch standard, which has been the long-term standard for laptop hard drives, but is only 7mm thick, instead of the 9.5mm of standard drives.
For desktops, the Neutron GTX also includes a 3.5-inch drive converter that, once mounted on the drive with the included screws, gives the little SSD the same physical mounting size as a regular 3.5-inch hard drive. In short, the new Corsair Neutron Series GTX has essentially all of the bases covered in terms of placement. You do need get your own cloning software in case you want to use it to upgrade your system's existing hard drive, however.
While the Corsair Neutron GT is very similar to its peers in look and function, on the inside, like the Plextor M5 Pro, it uses a totally new controller, the LM87800 from Link A Media Devices (LAMD). On top of that, it also uses high-performance Toggle Mode NAND from Toshiba, which is the only difference between it and the lower-tier Corsair Neutron drive. The Corsair Neutron uses budget synchronous NAND from Micron.
Other than that, the Neutron GTX feels sturdy and looks like a typical SSD with a metal casing, though it's not shiny like other SSDs. This is not a big deal since we're talking about a device that, when in use, is hidden inside a computer's chassis.
Cost per gigabyte
The new Corsair Neutron GTX is not expensive but it could be more affordable. The drive's 240GB capacity currently costs about $250, slightly more than a $1 per gigabyte. The drive's 120G capacity is a bit more expensive, in terms of cost per gigabyte, at $150. Compare this with the 85 cents-per-gigabyte pricing of the Samsung 830 Series, or the 98 cents per gigabyte of the Intel 520 Series. The Corsair Neutron pricing will probably get lower in the future, however, since the drive is relatively new to the market.