Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review
Windows 8.1 Start Up with Boot Time A/V Scan Performance
When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. We have chosen Windows 8.1 64bit Pro as our Operating System with all ‘fast boot’ options disabled in the BIOS. In previous load time tests we would use the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line; this however is no longer the case. We have not only added in a secondary Anti-Virus to load on startup, but also an anti-malware program. We have set Super Anti-Spyware to initiate a quick scan on Windows start-up and the completion of the quick scan will be our new finish line.
Adobe CS5 Load Time
Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, and while the latest version is actually pretty decent, when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit fared in the Adobe crucible!
Now that we turn our attention to more real-world oriented testing, the Neutron XTi proves that it is more than just a synthetic benchmark drive. This drive is rather peppy and does squeeze noticeably better performance results from an already good controller.