By Mike Clements
The Neutron Series XT solid-state drive delivers best-in-class sequential and random read/write transfer speeds backed up by end-to-end data path protection, enhanced error correction and power loss protection for a consistent and reliable experience.
Professional PC gaming, visual design and real-time Ultra HD video capture require you to move large amounts of error-free data at the best available speeds, and Neutron Series XT SSD provides the performance you need when reliable high-bandwidth data storage is essential.
If you need low command latency and top-tier sustained performance, there’s no substitute for a multi-core controller. Neutron Series XT has an integral quad-core controller for reliably high bandwidth.
With a sequentially read speed of 560MB/s, a sequential write speed of 540MB/s, 100K IOPs of 4KB random reads and 90K IOPs of 4K random writes, Neutron XT effectively saturates the SATA 6Gbps interface.
The extremely high sustained transfer rates enable you to capture professional FullHD and 4K uncompressed video in real-time, so Neutron XT is the ideal upgrade for your professional video gear that records directly to SSDs. If you’re a professional gamer (or just practicing to be one) the reliable performance helps you run at higher resolutions and detail settings with smooth, glitch-free motion and level loads.
The entire data path within the SSD controller, from the host to the NAND gates, is fully protected against data corruption. This is critical for reliable performance under varying storage workloads.
The science of fast and secure data storage includes SmartECC™ and SmartRefresh™ for state of the art data retention and error correction.
Neutron Series XT follows the universal 2.5” standard, and easily mounts in desktop PCs with 2.5” drive bays.
The 7mm form factor fits both standard notebooks as well as the latest generation of slim notebook designs. If you’re considering upgrading your notebook to something slimmer, your XT can move with it.
95% less power consumption than hard disk drives means better energy efficiency for your desktop machine and longer battery life for your laptop.
If it’s worth saving, it’s worth keeping. With a Neutron Series XT in your PC or video gear, the advanced SmartFlush™ and GuaranteedFlush™ technologies helps protect your data if there’s a sudden power loss.
Data is strategically written to the drive to protect against uneven wear of the flash memory blocks.
Corsair Toolbox, a free download for owners of Corsair solid-state drives, provides the tools you need for smart SSD management including optimization, cloning, and secure erasing of confidential data.
Much has been written about overprovisioning and its implementation on SSDs. In short, overprovisioning, or OP, is a portion of storage space on an SSD that is reserved for use only by the SSD controller. The three most common uses for this space are wear leveling, the replacement of bad blocks, and read-modify-writes. Overprovisioning serves to help increase both the longevity and performance of SSDs and it is a very common practice among SSD manufacturers.
However, some users would like to be able to buy their SSDs without the built in overprovisioning and make the decision to OP, or not to OP for themselves. They prefer the flexibility of deciding for themselves when to OP and how much space to use based on their specific needs. Corsair has announced and is now offering SSDs without this overprovisioned space.
Corsair SSDs with overprovisioning space typically have used 7% of the total SSD storage capacity. This means that users now have a choice with these new drives to use them with or without overprovisioning. Users can manually overprovision the drives if they wish or, they can leave them at their full capacity with no overprovisioning and enjoy the extra space.
For users of 256GB SSDs, this means they can have an extra 16GB of storage capacity on their drive over the equivalent 240GB overprovisioned SSD. Of course, RAID users will benefit even more as the number of drives is increased.
In reading some of that aforementioned information about overprovisioning, I've found a great deal of very useful information over at Anandtech. Here's a diagram from one of Anand's SSD articles highlighting how overprovisioning works.
To OP, or not to OP. That is the question. Whether tis nobler to the PC performance...
Corsair proudly brings you the Corsair SSD Toolbox. This helpful utility provides users with several powerful and useful tools for use with Corsair SSDs. Let's take a look. Download the Corsair SSD Toolbox HERE.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox will run on:
We have provided a detailed help file which can be accessed by clicking on the question mark symbol shown here circled in red on the upper left side of the screen.
After you select firmware update the tool will scan your drive and check for firmware updates. If there is an update available, the dialogue will prompt you to update the firmware or cancel the operation.
Note: Firmware updates can only be executed when the SSD controller is in AHCI mode. Firmware updating via this toolbox is enabled for The Corsair Series Force 3, Force Series GT, Force Series GS, Neutron Series, and Neutron Series GTX SSDs. Earlier and EOL Corsair drives with firmware updates can be updated manually using the tools supplied on our website.
Note: Corsair recommends that users update their OS drive as attached storage when possible. Some systems will require the SSD to be disconnected briefly before the new firmware version will appear in the Drive Information window.
Additional functions can be activated with the column of buttons down the left side of the toolbox. Corsair is now producing SSDs that do not have factory overprovisioning. For users that desire to manually overprovision their drives, we have provided a function for this. Overprovisioning your drive can contribute to maintaining better performance and adding longevity to your SSD.