The name 'Mushkin' may no longer be familiar to you.  A few years ago, they were big players in terms of DDR performance memory - but have not always kept up the pace with hardware development. In 2010 however, alongside OCZ, SanDisk, Intel, Corsair, and other SSD manufacturers, they are diving head first into a highly competitive arena.

Earlier this year, Mushkin released their Io series of SSDs, using the Indilinx 'Barefoot' controller, and received favourable reviews in all areas, except the price.  Today, Mushkin are releasing three drives - a 60GB model, a 120GB model, and a 240GB model - all backed by a three year warranty.  Featuring the Sandforce SF-1200 controller, published speeds are up to 285MB/sec read, and up to 275MB/sec write. If this is indeed based on the standard SF-1200 then its performance should be similar to the OCZ Agility 2 we recently reviewed.

Current prices on the Mushkin website are as follows:

MKNSSDCL60GB – 60GB Callisto™ SSD - $218.49 (MSRP. $240.49)
MKNSSDCL120GB – 120GB Callisto™ SSD - $369.99 (MSRP. $406.99)
MKNSSDCL240GB – 240GB Callisto™ SSD - $666.49 (MSRP. $733.49)

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  • ClagMaster - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - link

    You are right.

    The Mushkin drive for $215 offers by far the best performace:price ratio than the other 60GB offerings on the NewEgg site.

    Comparatively speaking, its the best performance for the buck. And at 60GB would be fine for a boot drive for 32-bit Windows XP or Vista.

    Does this drive come with garbage collection utilities usable on Windows XP?

    Absolutely speaking, at $3.58 USD/GB its a terrible deal compared to $0.08 USD/GB for a Western Digital WD10EALS ($85 on NewEgg)
  • DesktopMan - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - link

    I assume the 60GB version has the same amount of actual flash as the 50GB models from other manufacturers, just less set aside for wear leveling?
  • Ben90 - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - link

    Correct, You can search for an article that got eaten up by these news tidbits flooding the site that describes the performance impacts for not having that spare area.
  • theangryintern - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - link

    looks like they're already up on newegg for about $20 less than MSRP

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