Corsair Neutron XT Solid State Drive Overview
Corsair has gone with a red metal casing for the drive. This should look quite good in any case really. On the top of the drive there is a large sticker that lets us know this is a Neutron XT series drive.
Like any 2.5-inch solid state drive, on the end of the drive you have your SATA data and power connections.
This drive is a 7 mm drive so it should fit in smaller systems and configurations. Corsair does include a spacer if you need to install it in a 9.5 mm space. On each side of the drive are two mounting holes.
Flipping the drive over there is another large sticker on the back with the part and serial number, capacity and more. There are 4 mounting holes on the bottom of the drive. You will also see two stickers that will let Corsair know if you have voided the drives warranty if you happen to open it.
Well to show you the inside of the drive we will have to void our warranty. We don’t recommend you do this. Corsair has actually designed the casing of the drive so it has no screws at all. The two pieces of the casing fold into each other and the PCB is actually positioned into a groove that keeps everything in place. When you open the drive up the PCB will be laying face down so all you will see on the back of the drive is four Toshiba 19 nm MLC NAND chips.
Sliding the PCB out we can take a look at the opposite side. The drive is powered by the Phison PS3110 controller. This is a true quad-core controller, with three of its cores exclusively being used for flash management tasks like background garbage collection. There is also end to end data protection between the controller, DRAM cache, and NAND chips. There is also a new Smart ECC technology which is new RAID ECC technology to recover uncorrectable errors. When a page is found faulty and flash ECC protection fails to recover the uncorrectable errors, the defective page will be reconstructed by the Smart ECC engine. There are also four more NAND chips on the front of the PCB, along with the DRAM cache chip.