Mushkin's Reactor SSD only comes in one capacity size, but gives the US-based company what it's been missing for some time, a terabyte class SSD. For the last several years, Mushkin has been a SandForce partner with several products using the aging SF-2281 controller. The SF-2281 can't scale to terabyte capacities, so Mushkin tapped the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller for the Reactor SSD.
This is the first time we've tested a SM2246EN controller with 1TB of data capacity. Over the last couple of months, we've tested several 512GB and 256GB drives using the low-cost, low-power SMI controller. Mushkin made the most of the low cost aspect. Paired with Mushkin packaged NAND flash and Samsung DRAM, the Reactor 1TB is currently the lowest priced 1TB class SSD on Newegg at the time of writing.
With games topping 50+ gigabytes on a routine basis and two gigabyte patches a routine occurrence, the need for larger capacity SSDs has grown. Luckily, for us, prices have decreased over the last twelve months making high capacity SSDs more affordable for those that need the capacity.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
As we mentioned, the Reactor only comes in one capacity size at this time: 1TB. The Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller has a history of performance very well reading data and this product is no exception.
Mushkin specs the Reactor at 560 MB/s sequential read and 460 MB/s sequential write speeds. Stated 4KB random performance comes in at 74K read and 76K write.
The Reactor is a no frills SSD, in the blister pack you get a 7mm z-height, 1TB SSD and a card that gives some information about the drive. The Reactor 1TB ships with a 3-year warranty. Some may complain about the warranty after Samsung just unleashed the 850 EVO with a five-year warranty, but the Reactor sells for just $369.99 at Newegg at the time of writing. The 850 EVO 1TB sets the bar for mainstream SSDs, but will set you back $499.99, out of reach for many gamers who require low cost, high capacity SSDs.
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