Corsair Neutron NX500 800GB review: new NVMe from the USA

Corsair is trying to compete with the Samsung 960 Pro



PCMark 8's storage benchmark is once again based on traces, but this time around, modern software is used. PCMark 8 contains traces of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, World of Warcraft, and Battlefield 3. The total score is determined by taking the geometric mean of the different subscores. Again, all traces are played back in "real time", which includes idle time. As a result, scores of different SSDs are very close to one another, just as was the case for PCMark 7. This is representative of the real world, as distinguishing modern SSDs from one another in regular consumer applications is close to impossible.

Recall that PCMark 7 also shows a Raw score for each test. Similarly, PCMark 8 shows the average playback speed of the traces' drive activity. These metrics therefore do not include idle time, and once again show the actual underlying performance differences of the SSDs. 

With a score just shy of 5000 points the Neutron NX500 performs slightly better than the Force MP500, but it is still one of the slowest PCIe-SSDs. 

On the next page you can find the subscores.


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Corsair Neutron NX500 400GB

SSD, 400 GB, PCI-Express 3.0 x4, Phison PS5007, PCIe x4 add-in card

Specifications Prices


Avg. £278.97
1 shop, 1x stock

Corsair Neutron NX500 800GB

SSD, 800 GB, 2 GB, PCI-Express 3.0 x4, Phison PS5007, 3000 MB/s, 2400 MB/s, PCIe x4 add-in card

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices


Avg. £613.98
3 shops, 3x stock

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