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Corsair Neutron Series 256GB (6Gb/s) SATA 3 Exclusive LAMD LM87800 Synchronous 2.5-Inch SSD CSSD-N256GB3-BK

by Corsair
4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
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256 GB
  • High-performance LAMD SSD controller
  • E-boost technology with error correction and advanced NAND management
  • Maintains consistent read and write performance when accessing all types of data.
  • Broad PC and Notebook compatibility
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux and MAC systems
  • Unformatted Capacity: 256GB
  • Max Sequential Read Performance: up to 540 MB/s and Max Sequential Write Performance: up to 450 MB/s
  • 5 years warranty
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Product Description

Capacity: 256 GB

Product Description

Neutron Series SSDs deliver super-high read and write IOPS providing ultrafast performance for everyday tasks such as email, web browsing and office applications - as well as superior sequential read speeds for lightning fast large file access ideal for video or image editing. The state of the art LAMD LM87800 processor delivers phenomenal real world performance and impressive read speed regardless of data type, breaking new ground for SSD benchmark.

From the Manufacturer

Neutron

Neutron Series SSDs give you consistently fast storage speed, no matter what kind of work you do with your PC. The advanced LAMD SATA 3 SSD controller provides both high IOPS and super-fast sequential read speeds for reliably fast results.

Overview

Serious real-world performance

Neutron Series delivers strong overall storage performance without tradeoffs. The professional-grade LAMD SSD controller delivers both super-high IOPs – important for data-intensive tasks like video and image editing – as well as superior sequential read speeds for lighting fast file access It’s performance that goes beyond benchmark scores, and speed you can count on no matter what type of work you do on your PC.

Incredible sequential read speeds, regardless of file type

Many SSDs achieve quick load times with files that can be compressed and decompressed at the read/write stage, but slow down significantly reading data that’s already compressed. Neutron goes one better by offering impressive performance even with compressed and non-compressible data. You’ll get super-fast loads even with large audio files, images and videos.

Neutron
The 7mm height is compatible with the latest generation of slim notebook designs. (larger image)
Broad PC and notebook compatibility

Neutron Series SSDs follow the universal 2.5” standard, and easily mount in desktop PCs with 2.5” drive bays. Or, mount it in a hard drive bay using the included 3.5" adapter.

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 Neutron can move with it.

Features

Professional-grade LAMD SSD controller

The LAMD controller is designed to deliver both super-high IOPs — important for data-intensive tasks like video and image editing — as well as superior sequential read speeds for lighting fast file access.

Great sequential read speeds, regardless of file type

SSDs compress and decompress files on the fly. Some solid-state drives hit a performance bottleneck when opening files that can’t be further compressed. This includes video, audio, and image files — and if your PC is also your entertainment center or you work with media files as part of your job, lesser SSDs can slow you down. Neutron’s real-world performance design focus means impressive file loading times even with non-compressible data.

Install it almost anywhere

Neutron follows the universal 2.5” standard, for quick installation into most notebooks. It fits into place on newer PCs which have built-in 2.5” drive support, and with the included 3.5” adapter, you can install it in a standard hard drive bay.

Many newer slim notebooks get that way at the expense of height restrictions for SSDs. Neutron is just 7mm high, so it can go where some other SSDs can't.

Built for SATA 3 6Gb/s

Neutron Series is designed to support the latest high-speed standard to get the most performance out of the latest PCs. It’s also fully backward compatible with SATA 2.

Maintains its Performance Over Time

Neutron Series SSDs support the Windows 7 TRIM command. This allows them to store only the data they need and perform memory optimization to ensure the fastest possible write speeds.

Solid-State Reliability

Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can handle shock, vibration and temperature changes far in excess of traditional hard drives. That's important for desktop PCs, and essential for notebooks.

Cool and Quiet, with Low Power Consumption

Traditional mechanical hard drives spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. This takes power, and generates noise and heat. Since SSDs have no moving parts, there's no noise or vibration, and the lower power consumption helps keep things cool inside your PC. It can also save battery life on notebooks.

Neutron Series GTX and Neutron Series Specifications


Neutron GTX 240GB
Neutron Series GTX (240GB)
Neutron GTX 120GB
Neutron Series GTX (120GB)
Neutron 256 GB
Neutron Series (256GB)
Neutron 128 GB
Neutron Series (128GB)
Max sequential read performance 555 MB/s 555 MB/s 540 MB/s 540 MB/s
Max sequential write performance 511 MB/s 330 MB/s 450 MB/s 211 MB/s
Max random write (4K aligned) 85k IOPS 80k IOPS 83k IOPS 51k IOPS


Product Information

Capacity:256 GB

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 256 GB
Brand Name Corsair
Item model number CSSD-N256GB3-BK
Item Weight 4.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.4 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.4 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
Flash Memory Size 256

Additional Information

ASIN B00B2X312S
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #687 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Shipping Weight 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available January 18, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Size: 256 GB Verified Purchase
I have never been disappointed in any Corsair product, this drive is no exception.
It looks great, shipped quickly and it is blazing fast.
I am most surprised by the price and warranty $189 and 5 years. And *MTBF: 2,000,000 hours, that's "Mean time Between Failure" and that is 228 years. 24 hour a day. If it last 114 years, I'm good! HEY, only 57 is OK.
This drive is MLC (Better)not TLC (more wear) as the Samsung is. Plus the warranty and price both beat Samsung.

Installation was quick and easy with the included drive adapter and screws. I used "Acronis 2013 with Plus Pack" which took maybe 15 minutes to clone from a 1TB WD Black with 110GB on it.

First "Shut down" and disconnect the power cord. Plug in a Sata data and Sata power cable. Startup. (Don't forget to plug it back in first.)

Go into disk management first to initialize the drive and create a Simple volume , then clone. I did disconnect my data drive before startup to avoid confusion. Shut it down at the end of cloning,( Un-plug your computer again) place it in the "C" drives spot and connectors.
Note: If you have a Factory Computer, make sure you do a "DISK Clone" to include all other partitions (Boot and SYS Reserve)on the Drive, if they are present.

On first startup go into BIOS and set Boot order to Corsair SSD as First Boot.
Then you're all set.

As to defrag, Windows 8 will inquire as to the rotational speed of the drive when it wants to defrag. The drive reports "0". Windows will then set the Trim command automatically.
You should be in AHCI mode (Advanced Host Controller Interface) in the BIOS for best performance. There are several ways to do it if you were set to IDE.
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Size: 256 GB
I just purchased a Corsair Neutron 256GB for one of my builds that I am doing and I'm blown away by the performance of this drive. My Windows 7 disk experience score went from 5.2 to 7.9 which is the highest it can go. Since I do a lot of backups and transfer large files, everything is so fast now compared to my old HDD that was starting to show its age. One thing to remember when installing an SSD is to make sure you connect it to a SATA3 6Gb/S port because you will not get the full speed of the SSD if you install it to a SATA2 port.

The formatted size is 238GB and access and read speed are as advertised. I purchased the Corsair Neutron 256GB to replace my two years old Western Digital Blue 1TB because it was starting to show its age. Games would take forever to load and some of the programs that I use (CAD, Maya, Autodesk) would take forever to load on that HDD. I have four different SSDs at home from Intel 520, 840 Pro, Crucial M4 and now the Corsair Neutron and they are all blazing fast. I have sold the majority of my HDDs at home and only kept SSDs. I have three 2TB HDDs for HD movies and games and that's plenty for me.

The installation process is very simple. You just have to make sure to enable AHCI in the BIOS (not IDE) so the SSD can work like it should. Also, make sure you flash the latest bios for your motherboard first before you install this drive. I was getting half the advertised read/write speeds but once I flashed the latest BIOS for my motherboard, it was all good. Another important thing to do after installation is to install the latest SATA drivers and chipset because it makes a huge difference. I got 100MB+ in read and write after installing the latest SATA drivers.
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Size: 256 GB Verified Purchase
This is my first SSD. My motherboard only supports SATA 2. So I knew that this SSD will be bottle-necked by my mobo. Got this over the Samsung 840 Evo because this one is MLC and comes with 5 year warranty. Very pleased with the performance. It doesn't come with any cables. I bought the cables separately, plugged it in, cloned my old hard drive with OS, and booted with this one. Worked like a charm. Enabled AHCI in Windows 7 and a bunch of other SSD optimization. I had a decent 7200rpm HDD which used to take 60 seconds from power on to the log in screen and 60 more seconds after log in to get everything loaded and to open a website on the browser. Now with Corsair Neutron, those times are 30s to log in and 15s more to be on the YouTube homepage! i.e. It has brought my overall start up time from 2 minutes to around 45 seconds. Very impressive. If only my BIOS loaded faster, the start up numbers would be even better. The computer runs like butter. No more stutters and lags while running applications. Because of the SATA 2 bottleneck on my computer this drive is limited to ~260MB/s for both read and write. All benchmarks and other reviews say that it would perform a lot better on a SATA 3 interface. Will definitely recommend this drive to anyone.
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I have to make this quick as I'm working, but thought I would let people know about this drive.

This drive isn't the fastest, but still scored over 1000 on AS SSD testing. So pretty darn good. I bought due to combination of low price (at the time, but there are better deals out there, notably the M500's) and the hype of the LAMD controller.

The first one I had was getting above 50 deg C during normal use and was throwing a ton of errors and performance was terrible. I exchanged the drive (awesome service by Amazon), and this one is much better. Although sometimes it does still get above 40 deg and still throws out quite a few errors in SMART, but I do not notice any performance hit. I also noticed my battery life is still the same as with the spinny disk drive. Probably from the high heat/power usage. In a desktop this wouldn't be much of an issue.

So in short, I am worried about longevity due to the errors, (NAND read retries and soft ECC corrections) and would have to recommend the Crucial M500 series instead. I had the older Force GT and it had such poor performance that I hesitated to buy this one and only got it because of the price.
As it's a work laptop, I would feel safer with a different drive and will probably end up swapping it out in the near future with the Crucial, which I've had great luck with in the 5 I've owned.

Ask any questions and I will try to answer when I have more time.
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