A year ago, if you wanted a fast SSD you had the choice between a SandForce- and a Marvell-based product. It’s never good having only two options, but fortunately the market evolved. At the end of last year Samsung launched the 830 series of SSDs, using its own controller that held its own against the established competition. OCZ rejuvenated controller manufacturer Indilinx by releasing SSDs based on the Everest and Everest 2 controller. Even if the latter proved to be a re-branded new Marvell controller with different firmware, the fact remains that the consumer is left with far more choices now. Not only that, the performance of SSDs has steadily been increasing as well.
And now there's a new kid on the block. Corsair recently introduced the Neutron series of SSDs, based on the LM87800 controller from the little-known Link A Media Devices, or LAMD for short. This company has been making controllers for high-end PCI-Express-based SSDs for servers, so the manufacturer does have the right lineage.
We will review the Corsair Neutron 240GB and the Neutron GTX 240GB, and compare them to other fast SSDs such as the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB and the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB.