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Corsair Neutron NX500 800GB SSD Review

A lot of thought has gone into Corsair’s Neutron NX500 look and feel. Even something as seemingly mundane as the box it comes in has been designed in such a way as to make it stand out from the crowd on a shelf full of boxes. The drive itself looks the part with a well designed and finished heatsink covering the PCB. Thankfully, it’s not all show as the drive produces some very good performance figures.

Corsair quote Sequential read/write figures for the 800GB drive of up to 3,000MB/s and 2,400MB/s respectively. Under the ATTO benchmark, the reviewed drive produced a read figure of 3,012MB/s with writes coming in at 2,308MB/s confirming the official figures. The official random 4K performance is stated as up to 300,000 IOPS and 270,000 IOPS for reads and writes respectively.

Using our test setup of IOMeter, we couldn’t match the top official figures but the 211,912 IOPS for reads and 169,365 IOPS for writes we achieved are the fastest IOPS figures we have seen for a Corsair drive to date.

Synthetic benchmarks are fine, but what about real life? Well, with our real-life file transfer tests, the Neutron NX500 posted some of the fastest transfers we’ve seen to date. It took just over two minutes to write and read back both the 50GB file folder and the 60GB Steam folder. All three of our media folders (12GB Movie, 10GB Photo and 10GB audio) were each written to the drive in under 30 seconds; the Movie folder at 536MB/s, Photo folder at 515MB/s and 505MB/s for the Audio folder.

The 800GB version of the Corsair Neutron NX500 is priced at £795.99 (inc VAT).

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Pros:

  • Superb all-round performance.
  • Endurance.
  • 5-year warranty.

Cons:

  • It’s not cheap.

KitGuru says: Corsair are not the most prolific of drive manufacturers, but in the Neutron NX500 they certainly have a drive to make people sit up and notice.

Rating: 8.5.

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