Sequential Read Performance
Given how long the SM2262EN controller has been on the market, we won't see too many surprises today. We suspect the Mushkin Pilot-E uses a newer firmware compared to when we tested the SX8200 Pro and EX950 since there are some subtle differences in performance here and there.
The sequential read performance hits the same 3,500 MB/s, the same as the other top tier drives shipping today. The queue depth (QD) 2 performance is a little lower than some of the others due to a slightly slower ramp up.
Sequential Write Performance
The red line from the Pilot-E is barely visible on the line chart. The BPX Pro, SX8200 Pro, and EX950 lines hide the Pilot-E's sequential write performance. The drives all overlap step-for-step across the queue depth range.
Sustained Sequential Write Performance
In this test, we use a sustained 128KB write across the entire user area of the drive instead of measuring burst performance. The three SM2262EN controlled drives show very similar performance as you would expect.