The Mushkin Pilot is the least known SM2262 SSD but it's certainly a product you should take seriously. In all capacities, it's one of the lowest priced 2262 SSD's sold in America, but that may not be the case in other countries. Staying the lowest priced 2262 will be a challenge for Mushkin, though. While writing this article Adata adjusted the price of the 1TB SX8200 to match the Pilot, and that changes our overall outlook.
The SX8200 and Pilot deliver the same performance and user experience. Both trail the HP EX920 due to firmware, but overall the three are very similar. The EX920 is the best of the trio, with 5-year warranty and longer endurance. That wasn't always the case, HP increased the warranty from three years to five and increased the warrantied endurance rating after the series came to market. The Adata SX8200 also ships with a five-year warranty. This is where we have to criticize Mushkin's three-year coverage and undisclosed endurance rating. Mushkin loses this battle and with Adata's new SX8200 price that matches the Pilot, loses big.
Mushkin doesn't give users access to any SSD management or disk clone software. To be fair, HP doesn't either but Adata has a full software suite and it's valuable when you need it. If you are willing to look for it, there are free versions of software to monitor the status of the drive and even cloning software. It's nice to have a product-specific software solution for these tasks, especially if there is a guarantee to work with your new drive.
Overall, the Mushkin Pilot is an incredible SSD. The 1TB drive we tested today costs less than the 1TB Samsung 970 EVO by nearly $100. It's a remarkable achievement. The drive is equal to, or superior to the EVO in many ways. It also trails the EVO in others, like endurance. When you put it all together, the Pilot is a great SSD worthy of your consideration. If you want an NVMe SSD that gives you a real performance increase over your existing SATA drive, this is one of the few available that will feel like an upgrade.
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