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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
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Mushkin

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 10 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 8 times, and on each pass increase the duration of random writes by 5 minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 5 times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for 5 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat 1 and 2 for 5 times.

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs, light use, consumer steady state and worst case.

 

Storage Bandwidth - All Tests

 

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This is where things get interesting. Here we see the performance of the Mushkin Reactor 1TB under a number of different loads. SSD performance is more about what took place before an action just as much as the action itself. Measuring performance with a specific workload before it is called preconditioning. Every test we present has some kind of preconditioning before it, but in this test, we see extreme conditioning and get to see the drive's garbage collection scheme work out of it.

 

 

Storage Bandwidth - Heavy Load

 

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Under heavy load, the Reactor slides in with a large group of low performing 1TB capacity class SSDs. This is a workload that most of us will never get to, even under what we, as gamers, would call heavy workloads.

 

Storage Bandwidth - Typical Consumer Load

 

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This represents most of our daily workloads and shows the performance you can expect from the drives on the chart.

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