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Mushkin Chronos 60GB Review

ccokeman    -   December 15, 2011
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Conclusion

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again. If you want to give your computer a nice speed boost then throw an SSD into the mix. Doing so will cost you a decent chunk of change, but it will also give you a very noticeable performance increase. Due to the recent increase in HDD prices the price difference between an SSD and an HDD doesn't look as bad. You won't however, get as much storage space from an SSD as you'd get from an HDD. With that being said, if you're currently thinking of adding another HDD to your rig, especially due to the current prices, I'd suggest putting that money towards an SSD instead. The reason being is because you'll give yourself a very nice performance increase, plus, the added space, no matter how small, should be able to tide you over until HDD prices return to normal.

If you're looking for an SSD, whatever the reason, you'll have to decide how much you actually want to spend. For just over $100 you can pick up a smaller SSD that will get the job done; however, if you want to throw more money into the mix then you'll be able to pick up a larger drive. Not only that, but the larger SSD's tend to perform better than the smaller ones just based on the lower density of the NAND flash memory. If you're in the market for one of the more affordable SSD's Mushkin has an offering for you! For just $120 you'll be able to pick up a 60GB Mushkin Chronos SSD. At 60GB and less usable space after formatting a small drives capacity is definitely a down side with the size of games and operating systems with restore features enabled; however, you'll easily be able to fit your OS as well as a decent amount of games/programs on it. In reality, this is all you really should be putting on the SSD anyway, so don't let the small size turn you away.

I was slightly disappointed by the performance offered by the Mushkin Chronos. While it was definitely faster than a mechanical drive, it had trouble keeping up with other drives utilizing a SF-2281 controller. In some ways this performance difference should have been expected, after all the density of the NAND flash is lower driving performance to a lower level. Paired with higher density NAND Flash as in a 120GB or 240GB drive the performance should scale easily to the levels of their competitors, seen by the parity in the read/write performance of the Sandforce equipped drives. Anyway let's move on to some of the good things that Mushkin delivers with the 60GB Chronos Solid State Drive. The Mushkin Chronos 60GB SSD still does offer good read and write performance for its price, especially when compared to mechanical drives. The drive also utilizes the SATA III 6Gb/s interface as well as a Sandforce 2281 controller. For those still using the SATA II 3Gb/s interface the drive is backwards compatible, although you will take a performance it. In the end I'd say that the Mushkin Chronos is a decent SSD, and well worth its cost.

 

Pros

  • Read/Write Performance
  • SATA III 6Gb/s Interface
  • Sandforce 2281 Controller
  • Backward Compatibility with SATA 3Gb/s Interface

 

Cons

  • Slower Than Other 2281 SSDs


 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HD Tune
  6. Testing: HD Tach , SiSoft Sandra 2011
  7. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: IO Meter
  11. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Windows Startup & Shutdown
  13. Conclusion
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