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Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD Review - Amazing price with good performance

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 10, 2014 5:57 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Mushkin

Anvil Storage Utilities


Version and / or Patch Used: RC6


So what is Anvil Storage Utilities? First of all, it's a storage benchmark for SSDs and HDDs where you can check and monitor your performance. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test or just the read or the write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16.


Anvil Storage Utilities is not officially available yet, but we've been playing with the beta for several months now. The author, Anvil on several international forums, has been updating the software steadily and is adding new features every couple of months.


We can use Anvil several different ways to show different aspects for each drive. We've chosen to use this software to show the performance of a drive with two different data sets. The first is with compressible data and the second data set is incompressible data. Several users have requested this data in our SSD reviews.



0-Fill Compressible Data




Incompressible Data




Compressible and incompressible data works the same on the Mushkin Reactor, so there isn't a slow down when writing either type of data.



Low Queue Depth Read IOPS



*= 46% incompressible mix


The Reactor 1TB SSD delivers nearly 8K random read IOPS with a single request. That scales to nearly 14,500 at QD2 and we see the drive scaling again at QD4. At that depth, the Reactor starts to really fall behind the other drives in the chart.


High Queue Depth Read IOPS




It's very difficult for consumer workloads to push into the high queue depth range when reading data. SSDs are just too fast for this to occur on a regular basis.


Low Queue Depth Write IOPS




The random write IOPS scale well at QD1 and QD2. By QD4, the Reactor 1TB starts to wave the white flag while many of the other drives push 80K IOPS or more.


High Queue Depth Write IOPS




The Reactor tops out at nearly 76K write IOPS at QD32, again, it's difficult to get to these high queue depths though in a consumer environment. At low queue depths, where most of us work our SSDs, the Reactor 1TB does well for the price.

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