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Mushkin Chronos DX 480GB SSD Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

Mushkin has quietly held a price lead throughout 2012 on the 480 / 512GB capacity size. The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 480GB isn't always the absolute lowest priced SSD in this size, but it's the lowest priced SSD with synchronous / toggle mode flash.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Mushkin

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

 

For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.

 

- Brief Methodology

 

SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

 

Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.

 

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The SandForce architecture is also a strong performer when data resides on the drive since it compresses data that is compressed. That means not all of the data gets stored on the flash so more spare area is available for background tasks and keeping the drive running faster. This is a big advantage for the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe as you can see in our chart. Using the 50% capacity filled, the DX is faster than all of the other SSDs on the chart.

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