It's no secret how Mushkin came up with the Reactor or why this product is on the market. By pairing a low-cost 4-channel controller with Micron 16nm flash, Mushkin was able to keep the price very low for this product. What the company ended up with is the lowest priced 1TB SSD on the market, period. The graphics on Mushkin's site, the same we ripped for the first page of this review, tells us, the users, that the company wants to target gamers.
Games are getting massive in size, some over 50GB, more than what a Blu-Ray disk can hold. If you play more than a few modern games, a 128GB or in some cases a 256GB SSD will not do. Delivery services like Steam and Origin put games at our arm's reach on demand, but you have to download the software to have it readily available. The Mushkin Reactor 1TB allows us to do just that.
The Silicon Motion SM2246EN is a solid controller that is without issue. To date, the only issue we found was on an early firmware that chewed through power more than newer firmware. The Reactor ships with newer firmware, so that's not even an issue with this product. We've tested SM2246EN controlled drives in several capacity sizes.
The 128 and 256GB drives compare well to other products on the market, but the 512GB drives fall behind MX100 and a few other low cost products on the market. Mushkin's decision to take Reactor to 1TB was a good move. The drive offers solid performance that is faster than some of the TLC NAND flash products on the market, and does it at a lower price.
The price is really what makes the Reactor such a good product. Mushkin left the adapter bracket out and for that matter all of the accessories. That allowed Mushkin to get the price as low as possible at this time, lower than every other 1TB on the market today.
If you want a 1TB SSD that will last longer than a traditional mechanical hard drive, deliver significantly higher performance and want it at the lowest price possible, the Mushkin Reactor 1TB is the drive to scoop up at this point.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
|Quality including Design and Build||92%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||97%|
The Bottom Line: When it comes to capacity per dollar, the Mushkin Reactor is on another level compared to every other 1TB model on the market today. You can buy faster SSDs, but that performance comes at a much higher price. The Reactor balances capacity, performance and cost.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Initial Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 7 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 8 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Power Testing]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]