Corsair Neutron SSD (240GB) review: Middle of the road has never looked so good

At a Glance
  • Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD

    PCWorld Rating

    Corsair's Neutron offers a very nice price-to-performance ratio. It's fast enough to give your system a kick in the pants without unduly straining your wallet.

Corsair's move to the Link A Media LM87800 controller has been a good thing. The Neutron GTX performs better, thanks to its faster toggle-mode NAND, but the Neutron with its synchronous MLC NAND is still a very fast drive—fast enough to take the fifth spot among some very tough competition in our December 2012 SSD roundup.

Corsair's Neutron SSD outperformed our reference drive by a wide margin. It carries a five-year warranty, and is street priced at just $190.

In our tests, the Neutron read our 10GB mix of smaller files and folders at a rate of 383.3 MBps, and it wrote them at 350.2 MBps. It wrote our single 10GB file at 497.5 MBps and read it at 425.7 MBps. The overall average read/write speed was a substantial 414 MBps.

The Neutron is priced at $250, or 1.04 cents per GB, but we found it selling for $190 on the street (as of December 18, 2012). That makes the price per gigabyte only 79 cents, one of the better ratios in the roundup. The Neutron carries the same five-year warranty that the Neutron GTX and other top performers provide.

Corsair's Neutron is fast enough to give your system a kick in the pants without unduly straining your wallet.

Note: This review is part of a roundup of seven SSDs. Be sure to read the introduction, where you'll also find a detailed explanation of how SSDs work, as well as links to our reviews of each of the other six drives.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Corsair's Neutron offers a very nice price-to-performance ratio. It's fast enough to give your system a kick in the pants without unduly straining your wallet.

    Pros

    • A very good performer overall
    • Affordably priced

    Cons

    • Not as fast as its cousin, the Neutron GTX
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