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Mushkin Chronos 60GB Review


Closer Look:

The Mushkin Chronos 60GB came enclosed inside a black plastic chassis, which was held together by four screws. Located directly in the center of the chassis is the drive's logo decal. This Decal featured some information about the SSD as well as it's name, model number, firmware revision, as well as that the drive was assembled in the USA. Flipping the drive over reveals a nice and empty underside. In fact, the only thing that occupies the underside are four threaded mounting holes. Four more mounting holes can be found on the drives sides. There is a large square hole in the Mushkin Chronos 60GB's chassis, which will allow you to access the SATA and power connectors.















If you are planning to use the Mushkin Chronos 60GB SSD in a 3.5" drive bay you'll need to utilize the included 3.5" adapter. If this is the case you will attach the drive to the adapter via the four bottom mounting screws. You will than be able to install the Mushkin Chronos in a 3.5" drive bay, the same as you would a larger HDD.



Removing the Mushkin Chronos 60GB drive from its chassis shows us that it only uses half of the NANDS that its PCB can accommodate. The drive uses eight 25NM 8GB Micron 29F64G08CBAAA NANDS, which are powered by a SandForce 2281 controller.




Last but not least, let's take a quick look at the Mushkin Chronos' Sandforce 2281 8-channel controller. This controller is what gives the drive its SATA 3 6Gb/s, Windows 7 TRIM, and Duraclass technology support.

So now that we've torn the drive apart to see what makes it tick, let's find out how well it performs!

  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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