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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This item Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR240GB-DX)
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|Data Transfer Rate||6||6||6||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second|
|Device Type||Solid State Drive||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Internal Solid State Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||240 GB||250 GB||240 GB||1,000 GB||120 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||240||250||240||1,050||120|
|Hard-Drive Size||240 GB||250 GB||240 GB||1 TB||120 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Hardware Platform||pc||PC||PC||PC & Mac||PC; Mac;Linux|
|Item Dimensions||0.37 x 3.95 x 2.76 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.27 in||0.28 x 3.96 x 2.75 in||0.5 x 3 x 2 in||2.75 x 3.9 x 0.28 in|
|Item Weight||2.88 ounces||0.26 ounces||0.64 lb||0.42 ounces||—|
|Memory Storage Capacity||240 GB||—||240 GB||1,000 GB||120 GB|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||560||540||550||530 MB/s||—|
|Writing speed of the optical memory||520||520||520||510 MB/s||—|
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.
Top customer reviews
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. The current firmware release, just dropped a short time ago by many manufacturers, seems to have all of these problems worked out. There are a few products that suffer from manufacturing issues that affect reliability, but this is not one of them.
As far as type of memory, there is 'toggle nand', synchronous and asynchronous, with varying speed tiers within type. Toggle is fastest in general, then sync, then async. But some fast sync drives can approach toggle speeds and some async drives can approach sync speeds.
Firmware is the crucial element. Well tested and researched firmware means reliability and performance. Many of the more popular drives go through dozens of firmware revisions every year, most bringing reliability and performance improvements.
According to Toms Hardware SSD hierarchy chart, this is a tier 1 drive with toggle nand, the fast 2200 series sandforce controller and pretty reliable firmware. This is one of the 2-3 fastest drives on the market and with the current firmware it may be the fastest. It offers excellent performance at a reasonable price point on sale recently with excellent reliability. And like all recent SSD's, it offers silence, no moving parts, and ridiculously fast random access to your data. Put it in an older computer and it feels like its gotten faster and newer. Put it in a new computer and it'll fly. Your statup, shutdown, program load and general usage will seem as much as twice as fast. Even opening a browser with 15 tabs takes me half as much time with an SSD as a hard drive.
--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 --
Amazing speed. Value for money. 240GB is enough for my programs and games. Very satisfied.
So, one problem i have had with this drive, is every so often the drive will disappear from my computer. Isn't read in the BIOS or in windows. Only happened a couple times, but all i had to do was reset the BIOS and it came right back. Its happened three times since i purchased it about 8-9 months ago. Kind of a pain to figure out, but really easy once i figured out what to do, so if you have a similar problem, just reset the BIOS and it may come right back. (PS. this happened once when the drive was in my laptop and the last two in my desktop so i know its not the motherboard going weird.)
Im still giving it five stars because it works quick and great, with minor setbacks. I definitely recommend getting one if you have the money. 60 bucks cheaper than when i bought it which is awesome!
*Updated* - 3/14/13 - So, in the last couple weeks the drive finally wouldnt keep itself together for longer than 24 hrs. I called up Mushkin to see what they could do and they just told me to send it in and theyd replace it. Sent it in at a personal cost of 8 bucks(not bad at all-wish it was free). Once it arrived, they shipped the new drive out to me and had it to me in less that 10 days. Very effective and was very easy. Their customer support was very good, although i did get the same guy on the phone three times in a row so i dont think theyre all that big. Anyways, I gave it a five star review before and its still five star now.
*Updated* - 11/2/13 - Eight months later, still running like a champ.
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Will never buy this again.