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Mushkin Chronos 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR120GB)

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3.7 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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  • 3.5" desktop adapter bracket included
  • TRIM support (OS/driver support required)
  • Up to 90,000 IOPS Random 4KB Write
  • Max Sequential Read Up to 550MB/s and Max Sequential Write Up to 515MB/s
  • SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
  • Max Sequential Read Up to 550MB/s and Max Sequential Write Up to 515MB/s
  • Up to 90,000 IOPS Random 4KB Write
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Mushkin
  • Model Number: MKNSSDCR120GB
  • Hard Disk Size: 120 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3-year warranty
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
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Product Description

Positioned at the intersection of performance and value, Chronos SSDs provide next-generation SSD responsiveness by utilizing asynchronous NAND Flash technology. Say goodbye to rotational hard drive sluggishness by adding a Chronos SSD to your system today!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.4 x 2.8 inches ; 2.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
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  • ASIN: B005CGFU4I
  • Item model number: MKNSSDCR120GB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2011

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By S. Lee VINE VOICE on December 18, 2011
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If you are looking at a SSD, you are already technically saavy.

First off, what is in the box. These come with a 3.5" tray, so that will save you a few bucks. It does not come with SATA 6.0 cable, so you may want to order that with your purchase.

I considered a lot of things when I finally chose the mushkin. Mushkin is a great brand. It has been one of the top two or three RAM manufacturers for a long time. For the enthusiast market, mushkin is right there at the top when considering reliability and performance.

I looked at Samsung, OCZ, Corsair and Intel. One thing I consistently saw from customers reviews was that ocz and corsair frustrated people. Either the firmware was outdated, or the published speeds weren't met. Intel is a great bit overpriced. Especially the 530s. So I narrowed my choice between Samsung and mushkin. When I considered the ten dollars I would have to spend for the 3.5" tray with the Samsung, the Samsung would be about 20% more expensive. And performance of the mushkin actually outperforms the Samsung. Samsung has great reliability track record in the ssd market, but that reliability wasn't worth 20% to me

Okay, that being said...how has my experience been? Great! I decided to do a fresh install. I was running two raptors in raid 0, so I was operating with the best of the platter HD era. My computer was already lightning fast. Safe to say, my computer is even faster now. Boot time is faster. My PC was already booting up under one minute, and I boot even faster now. The computer wakes from sleep instantly.

Surprisingly, the best part of my ssd experience is surfing the web. As soon as I click on a page, chrome loads it. I really can't put into words just how fast it is.
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By bob on March 25, 2012
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Benched this against crucial, and OCZ. While the OCZ is almost as fast (read about the same, with a slight edge going to OCZ, but write 70MB/s slower: see customer image. The crucial M4 is reliable but 25MB/s slower read, and 250MB/s slower write. This drive actually lives up to its advertising claim...which says "up to..." Well it gets 550 read, and 490 write (in a NON-RAID scenario). I was using crucial due to reliability. Having researched just that, I found this drive to be reliable.... OCZ seems to have cleaned up their act with the Vertex 4.....they moved away from the Sandforce controller, and now have firmware that supports the new Everest controller correctly....a huge problem they had with previous models (firmware conflicting w/the controller). Samsung... can get a gig RAID 0 in read, but just over 800MBs write, and the new Corsair GS has good numbers with their 240GB. Intel is still overpricing slower drives, as for Kingston, PNY, Adata.....etc...(Plextor, their flakey products, and painfully obtuse 'customer service' can kiss my.@.)..you aren't going to get this type of speed in the 120/128GB flavor (Speeds change at 240GB per single drive, and this is just about the 120ish drives).

2 of these (Mushkin) in RAID 0 with the Intel controller run at 1Gbps......a Gig....Read and write: see pic in customer images. Other than the fact that Mushkin was first to crack the sub $100 range (@ 120GB)....and could very well be responsible for the lower prices of SSDs across the board today, and that they did this with quality and speed...I have no idea why they are not a more substantial and regular part of the SSD discussion on all of the usual benchmarking/comparison/review websites.
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First off I am giving this item 5 stars because the drive in itself is fine. If you have never had a SSD before you will love it. My only aggravation was with the advertised read/write times. I always use AS SSD or Crystal Diskmark and when I tested this drive I kept getting 200ish mb/s sequential read/writes. I was very confused. It was a Sata 3 connection and I plugged the drive into my other Sata 3 port thinking I had it plugged into one of the Sata 2 ports. Finally I went to the Mushkin site looking for a Firmware update. That is when I read that the max drive speeds were found using ATTO. Other reviewers have pointed this out in review comments which I did not notice until receiving the low scores. One commentator stated that AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark were "inaccurate." This is completely untrue, AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark were both made specifically for SSD's. The variance is because of how the different programs test data. It comes down to compressed and uncompressed data. ATTO test only compressible data, where as AS SSD is uncompressed, and Crystal Diskmark does both. It can be argued which data is used most often in real world situations, but either way I wanted a SSD that performed best in both situations. I opted to return this SSD and go with the 128gb Samsung 830 series SSD. The Samsung read/write times on sequential, 4k, 4k-64k, and Acc. time are almost exactly the same for compressed and uncompressed data. What this translates to is maximum efficiency of the drive. Actually getting the advertised speeds regardless of what kind of data or operation is being performed. I just wanted to point this out if someone else bought this drive and was baffled by the low scores on AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark.
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