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Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Review



In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much faster. The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. With conventional hard drives it is possible, but very hard to get. With the speed of SSDs it should be easier, but there is only one way to tell and that is test it out. To run these tests, I used a stop watch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I timed from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, until power was off to the system.


















The Callisto was just a fraction of a second slower than the fastest drives when it came to starting up Windows 7, putting it in the under 30 second category. The shutdown time was also impressive, and at 6.51 seconds, it was the fastest out of the lot.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specfications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HD Tune 3.50
  6. Testing: HD Tach, SiSoft Sandra
  7. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: IOMeter
  11. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Windows Startup & Shutdown
  13. Conclusion
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