Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Mushkin is claiming a data transfer rate of 560MB/s read, one of the highest we've seen claimed to date and a write speed of 515MB/s. They are also listing 90,000 IOPS which is a very high claim as well. With SandForce's latest firmware rollout, these numbers are appropriate and for the most part accurate.
I think by now everyone is familiar with the SF-2000 Series client controllers from SandForce, but if you want a detailed account please have a look at our introduction article that goes over all the fine details.
There are two important factors to keep in mind about the Muskin Chronos Deluxe. The first has to do with the flash used; 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND. This flash has a much longer lifespan than the 25nm IMFT flash that resides in many of today's SandForce SF-2281 controlled products. We hear that Toshiba flash is starting to become rare these days and with Toshiba getting ready for their own 2Xnm flash rollout, 3Xnm flash is going to dry up at some point. In short, the window to get a performance SSD with the longest lasting flash is getting smaller every day.
The second thing you need to know about the Chronos Deluxe is the price. Today we're looking at the 120GB model that uses sixteen Toshiba flash modules and until this morning was listed at Mushkin's website with a price of around 260 USD. This price is in line with the other 120GB Toshiba Toggle Flash drives. The real value, though, was the 240GB Chronos Deluxe that uses eight large capacity Toggle Flash chips. The 240GB model, again listed on Mushkin's website until this morning, was priced considerably lower than any of the other Toshiba Toggle Mode flash drives on the market. Mushkin also offers a 60GB Chronos Deluxe.
Mushkin brings additional value to the Chronos Deluxe product line by including a desktop adapter bracket, screws for installing your drive in your notebook or desktop and offering a three year warranty.