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Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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  • 256GB
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Learn more about the Corsair CSSD-N256GB3-BK

General

Brand
Corsair
Series
Neutron Series
Model
CSSD-N256GB3-BK
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
256GB
Interface
SATA III
Controller
LAMD
Height
7mm
Width
70mm
Depth
100mm
Weight
0.1 lbs.

Performance

Max Sequential Read
up to 540 MB/s
Max Sequential Write
up to 450 MB/s
4KB Random Read
Up to 83,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 95,000 IOPS
MTBF
2,000,000 hours

Features

Features
High-performance LAMD SSD controller

E-boost technology with error correction and advanced NAND management

Maintains consistent read and write performance when accessing all types of data

Broad PC and Notebook compatibility

Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux and MAC systems

Supports S.M.A.R.T, TRIM, and internal garbage collection

Environmental

Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C
Storage Temperature
-20°C ~ +85°C
Operating Humidity
10% to 90% RH

Package Content

Package Content
Corsair Neutron series SSD, 3.5" bracket and mounting screws

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Ronald S.
  • 6/19/2014 1:21:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in about a year

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast

Cons: Unreliable, premature failure.

Other Thoughts: After using both OCZ and Samsung SSD's for customers to install as the Windows boot drive, I was happy with SSD performance and reliability. So I decided to try the Corsair line as I like other Corsair products. So this one began locking up the computer. It wouldn't lock it up like a crash, but it would be doing very little, the system would freeze for a minute or so, then go on working. This kept happening randomly. So I imaged this drive over to a standard Seagate hard drive, installed it in the system, reconfigured Win7 so it knew there was no longer an SSD there, and since then (month ago) this system is running great with no more lockups. Stay away from Corsair SSD's, I will not buy again.

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  • Tyler K.
  • 6/15/2014 1:38:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Drive So Far

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This was a great upgrade for me. I was previously using a Kingston 64GB SSD and couldn't even install Windows 7 for fear of not being able to fit everything else I wanted due to the large size of the operating system. That isn't a problem now. It's nice to have both speed and lots of extra space so I don't have to worry about whether I have enough room for whatever I want to save.

The drive itself is noticeably faster, although I only have an SATA II motherboard and thus can't take full advantage of its abilities. Shredding files takes almost no time at all, and the same when copying files. The 5 year warranty definitely makes this a good choice.

Cons: Not much of a con, but it sometimes makes a bit of noise, while I thought it was supposed to be completely silent. I don't really care though, just thought I'd mention it. It is still silent 99% of the time.

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  • Justin D.
  • 5/1/2014 3:33:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMacBook Pro 17-inch Late 2011

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast, reasonable price, easy to install, TRIM support. Running Mavericks 10.9.2, I used a free utility called TRIM Enabler, to get around Apple's little restriction on non-OEM drives. Having said that, after one of the updated TRIM support was somehow turned off. I did not notice any difference in speed, and only say it was disabled when I went into System Information to get the exact modern of the drive to tell somebody else. Once I re-enabled it by using TRIM Enabler, there was no apparent change.

Cons: Apple has always been a pain when it came to third-party hardware. Whether or not TRIM is necessary can be debated. *This is not Corsair's fault, nor is it a design flaw, just something annoying Mac users must deal with.* Giving up Windows for Mac is akin to replacing a bunch of dangerous issues (Windows) for a bunch of annoying issues (Apple).

Other Thoughts: Back in my undergraduate college days (1996-2000), we wondered what would replace hard drives, and if hard drives would eventually go the way of tapes. Tapes never went away, and I don't think hard drives will either. Future Computer Science students will no longer have to calculate "rotational delay!"

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  • Charles K.
  • 4/27/2014 9:02:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK, while it lasted

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast - a VAST improvement over my 2.5" HDD that came with my Asus as far as speed is concerned.

Cons: Purchased 6/2013, toasted 4/2014. Past Newegg warranty, but was able to RMA it through Corsair. I had cloned to a 500 GB, so had to purchase a Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB as a replacement; oh well, I can use the RMA as a clone backup for my Netbook.....

Other Thoughts: No problem getting an RMA, but the wait was 6 days (apparently since they are moving)

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  • James J.
  • 3/18/2014 12:18:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCrashed After 1 Power Outage

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: When it worked, it was fast.

Cons: Crpped out and won't turn on at all after one measly power outage. No other hardware failed, just the SSD. This Neutron SSD had my OS and all my applications on it, so thankfully not much was lost. Then again, this is supposed to be a reliable SSD, and you pay a premium. Obviously not worth that at all. My research indicates Intel SSD is more reliable these days. Corsair seems to have gone majorly downhill here. Forums are cluttered with Corsair SSDs that have failed after power outage. Buyer beware!

Other Thoughts: Going to try for a warranty claim since this has 5 years and the drive was purchased in 2013. Did I forget to mention that? The drive is less than a year old and failed after one measly power outage (no other hardware affected all over the house in multiple other pcs/electronics)

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  • James W.
  • 3/12/2014 5:39:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I have two of these working in RAID0. They are fast and well priced. Had them for 8 months now and no issues. I push the power button and in 31 seconds Im playing Skyrim or FSX or on the internet searching.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Wish I'd splurged on 4 of them.

i7 4770k @ 4.6 Ghz
MSI Z87-G45 MB
4x4GB GSkill 2400 Mhz Trident X @ 10-12-11-29-1N
PNY GTX780
and two of these in RAID0

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  • william h.
  • 3/12/2014 12:53:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKeeping my fingers crossed

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: price/performance ration was great at the time of purchase for SSD's.

Cons: was as sensitive as a fat chick when it came to first install; took a bit of research on SSD's and settings in the BIOS & Windows to get its read/write speed up to what was advertised (It chugged super slow at first)

Other Thoughts: -I'm at the 10 month mark and it's still working. VERY possible judging by other reviews that this will fail soon.
-1 egg docked due to price. The price/performance used to be MUCH better (I bought this SSD and WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s for $295).

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  • Scott M.
  • 2/28/2014 6:46:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 died in one year

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It worked for awhile...

Cons: I bought one of these less than a year ago. It died and I got a replacement via the corsair warranty (I had to pay to ship it back myself). The replacement I received (same model) just died too. I'm now trying to decide if it's worth it to warranty this one as I'll probably just get the same model back and it will fail in another 5 months.... I don't do anything crazy demanding with my drives...

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  • Andrew M.
  • 2/9/2014 6:55:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPremature Death

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast, compact, light - when it was working it was pretty great. I also got it for cheap on sale. Much cheaper than its current tag.

Cons: First one came with busted SATA connection area. That might of happened with UPS though.
Anyway I sent it back and got my current one in September.
It worked great up until about 4 weeks ago I got imminent failure warnings upon bootup. I continued to use it for a week after backing up my files. Sure enough it quit being recognized in the BIOS. Tried it in my old tower and in two of my laptops and it's definitely dead.

Apparently many people are having similar experiences as me with these corsair SSD's dying at the 3-10month mark. These SSD's are being so revered about being more reliable with less moving parts. I really think Corsair has some serious R&D to do before they can stand with the other top brands.

I wouldn't be so annoyed with them if it wasn't for their shoddy RMA service as I'm still under the factory warranty. You have to ship it to them at cost to yourself, and now it has been marked as "arrived" to their RMA center for almost 2 weeks. I finally caved and bought a Samsung 128gb 840 Pro SSD to use as my main boot drive since I no longer trust the 256gb corsair product. I'll just be using the corsair SSD when I get it back (whenever that is) as game storage.

I do not recommend this product at all. I'd be more generous if they at least had decent customer service but it is truly terrible.

Other Thoughts: Even before this SSD failure I had thought I might start looking away from corsair products in future builds. Corsair quality control seems to really be suffering lately based off my own experiences and off what I read on forums and such. I used to be a devout corsair fan. However in less than 2 years on brand new parts i've had two corsair PSU's die, and two sticks of ram go bad, and now the SSD.

I can definitely say after this SSD, I'm done with corsair products.

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  • Daniel E.
  • 1/22/2014 11:07:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLasted 10 months

This review is from: Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Quick, good random speeds, doesn't decay in speed over time.

Cons: Already got read error rates on a computer that is only used for microsoft word and surfing youtube. Very poor longevity. Customer service options for RMA are almost non-existent.

Other Thoughts: I just hope Corsair doesn't do what they did with my fan replacement and take 3 months to fix this.

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