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Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD Review - Amazing price with good performance

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 10, 2014 5:57 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Mushkin

Mushkin Rector 1TB SSD

 

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There isn't much to the package, but at least you don't need a razor blade to open it, the plastic shell just pulls apart.

 

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The back of the package gives us some general information about the drive and the 3-year warranty.

 

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What you see is what you get...

 

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... but for just $369.99 this is really all you need. 1TB of flash goodness packaged in a 7mm housing so it will work in Ultrabooks and notebooks that require the reduced height.

 

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This is the first time we've found sixteen NAND flash packages paired with the SMI SM2246EN controller.

 

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The SM2246EN controller has been around for around a year now and we've found it to be reliable. The only use we know of is a single firmware release that used more power than the others. The fix for that was released to manufacturers before the Reactor hit the market.

 

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Mushkin used two packages of Samsung's sixth generation DDR3 that uses 1.35v and runs at 1600MHz for the Reactor.

 

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Mushkin used Micron L95B flash for the Reactor. That is Micron 16nm 128Gbit, the same flash used in the MX100 from Crucial.

 

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This is also the first time we've seen the PCB double as the SATA power and data connector on an SSD. Mushkin may have found a way to shave a few cents off each drive produced using this method.

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