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Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR240GB-DX)

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  • Max Sequential Read Up to 560MB/s and Max Sequential Write Up to 520MB/s
  • Up to 90,000 IOPS Random 4KB Write
  • SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
  • TRIM support (OS/driver support required)
  • 3.5" desktop adapter bracket included
  • Built-in BCH ECC (Up to 55 bits correctable per 512 byte sector)
  • High speed MLC NAND
  • Access Time <0.1ms
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Mushkin
  • Model Number: MKNSSDCR240GB-DX
  • Hard Disk Size: 240 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3-year warranty
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch

Product Description

Mushkin Chronos deluxe SSDs provide the highest level of performance available today. Built with the highest speed NAND Flash components, storage system bottlenecks become a thing of the past. Ideal for multimedia professionals and enthusiasts: if chart-topping speed is paramount, Chronos deluxe is your best choice.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4 x 0.4 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 2.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B0057VOVE8
Item model number MKNSSDCR240GB-DX
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4.1 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #727 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com July 1, 2011

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Edit: this was a great drive a year ago for <$180, but its been superseded by a number of drives for much less money. I've picked up several drives like the Intel 530, Seagate 600 and others in the <$130 range. Mushkin needs to drop the price on this drive about $30 and warm over the content a little. The controller is still good but there are better, and nand has also changed a bit in the last year.
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Solid state disk drives have 4 defining characteristics. Its interface with the computer which limits what speeds it can attain in the real world, the type of controller chip used in the SSD, the type of memory or 'nand' and the firmware. The firmware is software that is loaded onto the SSD and used by the controller chip to manage the storage device.

This particular drive can use "Sata III" which allows for properly equipped computers to send data at up to 6Gb/s. If your computer uses Sata II or Sata I (it'd be pretty old to be the latter), you top out at 3 and 1.5Gb/s respectively.

Only the very fastest tiers of solid state drives can saturate more than Sata II, and you'd have to be doing some serious stuff on a sustained basis to make good use of the 6Gb/s, so for most purposes it suffices to say that this drive will throw more data at your computer than it can reasonably handle.

The controller is a Sanforce 2200 series. This is a very powerful and advanced controller, but its suffered from being released early by many eager SSD providers putting it on the market before the firmware had all of the problems worked out. As a result a number of drives with these controllers lost customer data and crashed systems.
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I've had this drive for 1-1/2 months and it works great. Fast and stable, have had no problems yet. Came with the latest firmware installed. Setup was pretty easy. Used EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition for setup,(free from the web), as another review stated and everything went great!
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There is an obvious reason why this item is constantly out of stock, it rocks !!!
I installed it in my Macbook Pro 13" early 2011 with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 following these steps:

1.-I connected the SSD to my Windows PC and upgraded it to the latest firmware.
2.-Opened the Macbook and physically extracted the old HD and replaced it with the SSD.
3.-Reseted the PRAM and NVRAM, instructions here:[...]
4.-Installed Mac OS X Lion 10.7
5.-Loaded any available updates (10.7.1 and security patches)
6.-Performed the following optimizations: set hibernate mode to 0, disable hard drive sleep, disable sudden motion sensor and disable noatime.
This optimizations are further explained here:[...]
7.-Please notice that its not recommended to activate TRIM on SandForce controlled drives since people have reported experiencing compatibility issues. TRIM is no longer a must for SandForce controlled drives, so forget about it.

This drive runs 6 times faster than the Apple OEM HD and now my total Xbench score has more than doubled.
I have been using it for 3 days now and its running super fast and with no compatibility issues of any kind so far.

Advantages:
- Fast SATA 3 speeds
- Increased battery life (from 8 to 10 hours).
- Mac compatible
- Mushkin quality USA assembled
- Cheaper than the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS

The only cons are:
- It is so good, that you will have a very hard time finding it in stock.

* UPDATE: Its been two weeks now, everything is as good as day one.
* NEW UPDATE (Jan-2012): Everything is still working great and I am very happy with the drive.

**** I did a fresh install from the very first beginning.
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I am very impressed with this SSD. It is fast and value for money. I tested it using PerformanceTest 7.0 and here are the results. I bought it for $199.99 on June 21, 2012. It costs $248.92 as of 13 Aug, 2012. WTF.

--PerformanceTest 7.0 --
Sequential Read: 453.4 MBytes/Sec
Sequential Write: 300 MBytes/Sec
Random Seek + RW: 434.9 MBytes/Sec

Disk Mark: 4297.4

(Sorry for the underscore, Amazon dont keep the formatting. Written review and preview do not have the same format.)

-- ATTO Disk Benchmark --
Transfer Size(KB)---Write(MB/Sec)---Read(MB/Sec)
______0.5_____________12.736____________14.172
______1.0_____________25.791____________28.204
______2.0_____________50.945____________56.549
______4.0____________150.601___________112.164
______8.0____________239.043___________175.906
_____16.0____________369.636___________292.280
_____32.0____________446.227___________361.977
_____64.0____________511.245___________427.932
____128.0____________526.091___________477.463
____256.0____________532.634___________526.091
____512.0____________531.555___________542.903
___1024.0____________532.874___________552.841
___2048.0____________531.555___________557.948
___4096.0____________531.555___________557.948
___8192.0____________530.971___________557.948

Amazing speed. Value for money. 240GB is enough for my programs and games. Very satisfied.
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