Memory manufacturer Corsair has signaled its re-entry to the solid-state drive market with an updated Neutron series of SSDs. The new Neutron XTi SSDs operate on the Phison controller that's been going around – and has seemed to replace most of the fading SandForce market dominance – to enable SATA III transactions at maximum interface allowance. Corsair uses MLC NAND (two bits per cell), which offers better endurance to TLC alternatives at a rough 30% price-hike per gigabyte.
The Neutron XTi ships in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. Corsair also notes in its release to the press that the drive will “become Corsair's first 1920GB SSD,” meaning that there's a ~2TB model forthcoming. Price is not yet determined for the 2TB model, but the 960GB (~1TB) model lands at $330.
Corsair advertises transfer speeds “up to” 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write, sequential, with 4KB random I/O rated for 100K IOPS read and 90K IOPS write.
The company further advertises the drive for use with live 1080p and 4K uncompressed video capture, carefully dropping the word “professional” to signal to users of Black Magic and RED cameras that the drive is film-ready.
Pricing starts at $90 for the 240GB model, $160 for 480GB, and $330 for 960GB.
- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.