Mushkin Atlas 480GB SSD Review – Performance Meets Capacity In The Ultra World
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
It’s always great to review a product that pushes the bar a bit further because there always seems to be a bit of controversy to go along with it. We know that Mushkin sat down and discussed at length the merits of using asynchronous memory vice synchronous and, although some probably didn’t agree with the final decision, they realized one thing that is definitely key; this was the only way to get the Mushkin Atlas 480GB SSD into consumer hands.
They needed to keep it under that golden $500 point because they knew, just as we all do, that it is like a line in the sand nobody wants to cross…even for a high capacity SSD. The flavor of the day is trying to reach that golden ‘buck a gigabyte’ price point and this was the only way they could come close.
The thing that I find truly amazing is that, even with the low incompressible scores and even with the lower than expected 4k random aligned write transfer speeds, this is the most powerful 480GB SSD in the world! As much of a risk getting a product to market first can be, the fruit of Mushkin’s labor is the fact that this capacity is in demand and there is definitely a niche group seeking such. Our e-mails received are testament to this and we hope that we have helped them along just a bit in their decision.
The Mushkin Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD is SATA 3 and will hit performance of 500MB/s. It is available now, can be found at just over the $1/GB and has a standard 3 year warranty should any trouble be experienced. For those new to Mushkin, they are a company with a solid reputation, amazing support and all of their products are ‘Made in The USA’.
In consideration of the work that went into creating the Mushkin Atlas 480GB SSD, we are awarding Mushkin with our Innovation Award.
|SSD Name:||Mushkin Atlas|
|Type:||SATA 3 mSATA|
|Speed (R/W/IOPS):||549MB/s Read 443MB/s Write Tested|
|Controller:||LSI SandForce SF-2281|
|Memory:||Micron 25nm Asynchronous 64GB|