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Mushkin launches SandForce powered SSDs

Mushkin launches SandForce powered SSDs

Mushkin's Callisto range of SSDs feature the SandForce SF-1200 controller and hit speeds of 285MB/s.

Memory specialist Mushkin is looking to enter the growing SSD marketplace with a product of its own, the Callisto. Previewed by the guys over on HotHardware, the Mushkin Callisto series promises some pretty impressive performance figures, as all the drives use the SandForce SF-1200 controllers. These allow the drives to achieve read speed so 285MB/s and write speeds of up to 275MB/s.

Mushkin plans to make them available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB sizes (models MKNSSDCL60GB, MKNSSDCL120GB, and MKNSSDCL240GB respectively) - and all three drives in the series come with a three-year warranty, plus the usual SSD specifics such as wear-levelling designed to prevent premature death should you decide to use the drive for write-heavy tasks.

The drives are available now from Mushkin's store, with prices in dollars seeming reasonable as the 60GB base model can be had for $218.49 (approx £147). This is competitive with non-Sandforce SSDs such as the OCZ Vertex.

Do you think that Mushkin's entry into the SSD market could be just what you've been looking for, or are the drives still too pricey? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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mclean007 12th May 2010, 12:19 Quote
Looks like other Sandforce SSDs are already out there though - Scan is listing the OCZ Agility 2E in 60GB and 120GB capacity on preorder, and the OCZ Vertex 2 in 50GB and 100GB capacity as in stock. Sorry if this is old news, but it was new to me!
stonedsurd 12th May 2010, 12:23 Quote
Price seems fair. These SandForce drives need to get on over to the SATA 3 bandwagon, though. The Crucial C300 has already proved that read speeds are waaaaay past the 3Gbps limit, so why are they still releasing SSDs that are obviously held back by the bus?
general22 12th May 2010, 12:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by stonedsurd
Price seems fair. These SandForce drives need to get on over to the SATA 3 bandwagon, though. The Crucial C300 has already proved that read speeds are waaaaay past the 3Gbps limit, so why are they still releasing SSDs that are obviously held back by the bus?

Because there haven't been any SATA 6gbps drive controllers for SSD's released yet. You probably won't see them until later this year at least.
rickysio 12th May 2010, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Quote:
Originally Posted by stonedsurd
Price seems fair. These SandForce drives need to get on over to the SATA 3 bandwagon, though. The Crucial C300 has already proved that read speeds are waaaaay past the 3Gbps limit, so why are they still releasing SSDs that are obviously held back by the bus?

Because there haven't been any SATA 6gbps drive controllers for SSD's released yet. You probably won't see them until later this year at least.

Really?

C300.
stonedsurd 12th May 2010, 12:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Because there haven't been any SATA 6gbps drive controllers for SSD's released yet. You probably won't see them until later this year at least.

Eh?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348

http://i.imgur.com/lBpYE.png
general22 12th May 2010, 13:32 Quote
Oh I stand corrected on the existence of SATA 6gbps drives the rest of my point still stands for the other controllers from Sandforce, Intel, Indilinx. You need support from the controller and that won't happen till they release new revisions. I was recalling from an AT article that they should be coming later this year but probably wrong on that too lol.
vampalan 12th May 2010, 13:42 Quote
You can have it(c300) in the UK now from Crucial's website. Its good to see more choice, which in turns leads to price drops. :D
PhoenixTank 13th May 2010, 00:11 Quote
Unfortunately the C300 seems to have broken TRIM support, otherwise I'd be picking one up with my new build. It was meant to be fixed in a firmware update, but the update was pulled shortly after release as it was bricking the drives. Fun times.
l3v1ck 13th May 2010, 00:51 Quote
Does it support TRIM?
Redbeaver 13th May 2010, 14:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by stonedsurd


http://i.imgur.com/lBpYE.png

ouch. bitch-slap.

thats some nice lookin performance there.

now to get some SATAIII mobo...................
stonedsurd 13th May 2010, 17:35 Quote
No, according to Anandtech, the C300 isn't a very good drive. I almost bought the 128GB version a while back but I read about the sketchy firmware updates, inconsistent performance and TRIM issues and decided to hold off. But given that the top 6 drives in that chart have almost identical read speeds, they're obviously maxing out the bus.
leexgx 14th May 2010, 02:33 Quote
M225 or vertex like drives best way to go
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