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Mushkin Pilot NVMe SSD Review - The American SM2262

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 10, 2018 3:00 pm

Real-World Software Testing


The synthetic tests explain the background technology and give us indicators on how a drive will perform. The real-world tests show us what to expect under normal use.


Game Load Time




The 1TB Mushkin Pilot performs quite well in the Final Fantasy: Stormblood game load time benchmark. It trails the two other SM2262 drives but not by a much. It's faster than the Samsung 970 Pro and that's a big win for Mushkin and gamers alike.


PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth




PCMark 10 uses ten applications to measure storage performance. We take the average throughput score to compare products. The test runs one application after the other, with very little idle time in between.


The 1TB Pilot performs really well in these tests. It's slightly faster than the Adata SX8200 but trails the more expensive HP EX920. All of the SM2262 SSDs trail the two Samsung 970 Series SSDs. The SM2262 doesn't react well with back to back tests. The drives need a little more recovery time.



PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test




You can see how very little recovery time hurts SM2262 SSD performance under heavy workloads. The SM2262 drives all fall near the bottom of the PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test chart. The drives recover with idle time but require more time to regain all the performance back.

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests






The 1TB EX920 is the only SM2262 SSD to outperform the two Samsung drives in the SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness Test. The SX8200 and Pilot both show strong and nearly identical performance.


Notebook Battery Life




In our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook, the Pilot delivered a little over five hours of on-battery time. This test uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2012.5 software running office-focused applications.

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