CES 2013 CoverageBosco - January 9, 2013
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Mushkin had a few new items to display this year that look to add to the company's product stack. The first item we saw was a 1TB solid state drive that promises to see no slowdowns with incompressible data due to the use of dual SandForceSF-2281 SSD processors that come with an unthrottled-IOPS firmware. Additional specs include the use of a SATA 6Gb/s interface, MLC NAND, RAID support, Trim support, and a three-year warranty.
The latest DRAM modules feature Mushkin's new Stiletto low profile heat shield for the new Stealth Series of gaming specific memory. These modules will come in speed bins from 1866MHz in 2x8GB and 4x8GB kits, up to 2666MHz for 2x8GB kits, one of the highest speed bins currently produced. Look for a review soon!
We got to look at an almost-final version of the companies upcoming Ventura Ultra series high capacity thumb drives. This drive will come in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities. Using an SF-2281 8-channel NAND controller, MLC NAND, and a fast SATA to USB 3.0 bridge, this drive will deliver up to 380MB/s Read and 325MB/s Write when run in UASP mode.
Last in line was Mushkin's Atlas series mSata drives. While an mSATA drive may not seem all that impressive, and for the most part have been limited to 256GB in capacity, Mushkin put together a way to break that barrier and pack up to 480GB into the form factor. By using a dual-PCB approach, the NAND is essentially contained on two boards that feature three interconnects for the data and power to pass through. An innovative solution to the capacity problem in the mSATA form factor to be sure. I have seen this in use with PCIe SSDs in the past, but not when used in this form factor. This small drive uses an unthrottled Sandforce SF-2281, controlling high speed MLC NAND to deliver performance up to 540MB/s Read, 425MB/s Write, and 78,000 IOPS (4K ran read), with an Access Time <0.1ms. All from a drive smaller than a Zippo lighter.
Currently, Mushkin has teamed up with Meteor Entertainment™ to provide a $25 game code for the new free-to-play game HAWKEN when you purchase select Mushkin products.