Mushkin Io series 128GB SSD Reviewccokeman - February 10, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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As time goes by technology improves. It's inevitable that what started out as a great idea with a lot of promise, finally starts to live up to the hype. SATA 3.0 is one of the newer technologies that show promise, but is not quite there with some of the implementations. Some early adoptions, as seen with the Seagate 2TB drives do still show that promise. Early solid state drives had problems but with the introduction of new controllers. Many of the problems, such as stuttering and poor write speeds, have now been addressed. This drive from Mushkin is part of their Io series of Solid State Drives that includes drive capacities from 64GB on up to 256GB and features read speeds from 230MB/sec on the 64GB model, to 250MB/sec on both the 128 and 256GB models. Write speeds range from 150MB/sec on the 64GB version and 180MB/sec for the 128GB and 256GB models. The 128GB Io drive is built using NAND flash technology and uses the INDILINX "Barefoot" controller instead of the JMicron or Samsung controllers used on other solid state drives. How will this impact performance? The last drive OCC looked at that had this controller was from Patriot and it did indeed show some promise. Let's see how this offering from Mushkin compares.
The 128GB Mushkin Io series drive comes in a small form factor package that is not much larger than the drive encased inside. The front panel shows the Io drive orbiting a celestial body and shows the product name, Mushkin Enhanced logo and slogan "Get More". The back panel lists the specifications of all three drives in the series. The text talks about the fast and silent operation that will enhance your computing experience.
Opening up the package to get at the drive requires lifting up a flip-open panel that hides a larger Mushkin Enhanced logo, with a key way to flip the second panel up to reveal the Io drive. The drive is in a carriage that easily protects the drive but with shock resistance of 1500g, the drive is pretty well covered for the trip to the end-user.
Let's look at the Io drive and see what it has to offer.