Mushkin Chronos 60GB Reviewccokeman -
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Due to semi-recent flooding, HDD prices have gone, and are still, through the roof! While this makes adding some more storage, or replacing a bad drive, a kick in the nuts, it still does some good. That is, it makes the price of SSDs look just a bit friendlier. Sure the prices haven't gone down, but let's say you want to pick up a 1TB drive. These drives are still double the price that they used to be, with enterprise drives being even more expensive. The cheapest 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s drive is $150, but this price will inevitably drop down to what it used to be. Instead of giving in to the increased cost of the mechanical HDD, you could put your money toward an SSD, wait for your next pay check, and then, hopefully, pick up a drive for some extra storage. Of course, for this path to make sense, you'll have to jump on it before HDD's drop in price.
Today we will be looking at a 60GB SSD, the Mushkin Chronos. This drive is priced at a modest $120. This means you could easily pick it up as opposed to that 1TB drive, and then put the $30 you saved toward a larger HDD once the prices become more reasonable. Just like the other SSD's we've looked at, the Mushkin Chronos 60GB is a SATA 3 6Gb/s drive. It is also looking at sequential read and write speeds of 525MB/s and 495MB/s respectively. The SandForce 2281 controller should also give the drive a 4KB random write of 85,000 IOPS. For those of you that worry about an SSD's life span, the Chronos 60GB has a two million hour MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures). So is the Mushkin Chronos 60GB worth the cost? Probably, I mean it's an SSD, if you want your computer to boot up fast, an SSD is the easiest way to do it! However, let's put this drive through the OCC benchmark suite to find out for sure!
The Chronos 60GB SSD arrived in green and black package, which sported the Mushkin logo in the top left corner. A window is located toward the bottom of the packaging, which will allow you to see the Chronos SSD, as well as its information. Flipping the drive over reveals two advertisements, one for Mushkin memory, and one for Mushkin flash drives.
Opening up the packaging reveals the drive, as well as its 3.5" adapter, nice and snug in a plastic clamshell. The drive's included screws are located in a little baggy, which was taped to the 3.5" adapter.
So now that we've removed the drive from its packaging, let's take a detailed look at the Mushkin Chronos 60GB SSD by itself!