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Mushkin Reactor 512GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 17, 2015 1:12 am
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TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Mushkin

Mushkin Reactor 512GB SATA III SSD

 

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The Reactor retails in simple clear plastic blister packaging. The front of the blister pack displays the green and black themed drive directly.

 

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The rear of the clear packaging displays a printed insert that informs us that the Reactor is a high-performance storage device with a three-year warranty.

 

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The front facing of the drives enclosure is covered with an attractive black and green themed label. The label advertises the drives capacity and model number.

 

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The back half of the drive's black brushed aluminum enclosure has no labeling.

 

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Both halves of the drive's enclosure are formed from stamped aluminum. The PCB attaches to the bottom half of the enclosure with four screws.

 

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The drive's SM2246EN controller and eight of the drive's 16 flash packages are located on this side of the full length PCB. Mushkin employs a thermal pad to wick heat from the controller. We like this feature, it's something we don't always get from a SM2246EN controlled SSD.

 

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This side of the PCB is populated with the remaining eight flash packages and a single Samsung DRAM package.

 

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A close-in view of the 4-channel Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller that powers the Reactor. We were unable to get a clear shot of the controllers laser etched labeling.

 

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A close-in view of one of the drive's sixteen 16nm 128Gb die 32GB flash packages.

 

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Finally, a close-in view of the drive's 512MB DDR3-1600MHz Samsung DRAM package.

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