Mushkin had a couple of new and upcoming products in its suite during CES. The first one is a new Striker SSD, which uses Phison's S10 controller coupled with Micron's 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND. We already took a look at the Phison S10 controller in Corsair's Neutron XT and while it didn't set any new records, it was a decent middle-class controller. My biggest criticism about the Neutron XT was the price, but I'm confident that Mushkin's Striker will be more competitive thanks to more cost efficient NAND and typically Mushkin has been one of the value players. 

Availability will be in Q1'15, so expect to find the Striker on the shelves in the next two months or so. Pricing is to be announced.

Mushkin also had the 1TB Reactor on display. It's an SM2246EN based drive with Micron's 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND and what makes it truly interesting is its $360 price tag (that's $0.36 per GB!). I got a sample right before the holidays and have been testing it since I got back from CES, so stay tuned for an in-depth review within the next couple of weeks.

Moving on to very interesting upcoming products, Mushkin showed off the Hyperion PCIe SSD. It's based on Phison's E7 controller, which is a PCIe 3.0 x4 design with NVMe support. Performance is up to 2.8GB/s for reads and 1.2GB/s for writes and random performance is also very competitive at over 300K IOPS. The controller is still in development and so far there hasn't even been a live demo yet, but I was told that the Hyperion should hit the market during the first half of this year. 

For current generation PCIe, Mushkin was showing the XC PCIe drive. Like the most PCIe drives on the market today, the XC is simply four SandForce SF-2281 controller in RAID 0 and as you can see, the drive consists of two modules with each having two daughterboards (i.e. one PCB per controller).

Mushkin also has a version with four SM2246EN controllers in development. The Silicon Motion controller will enable consistent performance with all data types and in addition it supports up to 1TB per controller, hence upping the maximum capacity to 4TB.

And like everyone else, Mushkin had an SF3700 prototype on display. Mushkin will be ready to release a drive as soon as Seagate/SandForce is ready with the controller and firmware, which should be in early Q3'15 from what I have heard.

And no lineup is complete without some DDR4. The DIMMs Mushkin had on display were DDR4-2133 and DDR4-2400, which to be honest is nothing exciting but Mushkin has always been more of a value brand instead of being the first choice of overclockers.



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  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    "... but Mushkin has always been more of a value brand instead of being the first choice of overclockers."

  • creed3020 - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    Yeah not sure where that is coming from either. Mushkin RAM has been consistently known for great overclocks. Reply
  • Minion4Hire - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - link

    Mushkin Redline DDR with my Opteron 165. That was a fun overclocking rig. Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, March 05, 2016 - link

    Mushkin basically pioneered the memory overclocking market in the 90's. At the time they were the only outfit binning SDR memory for performance, with heat spreaders and all. Now everyone does it, but I wouldn't say anybody does it better. Crucial is a good, reliable choice, and I have personally had poor luck with Corsair (and their RMA process is terrible) but when I'm building a performance PC it's running Mushkin or Gskill memory. Reply
  • _zenith - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    Indeed. Not to my memory! Reply
  • Prplxt - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    Does it bother anyone else that the m.2 PCIe Hyperion SSD sell sheet has a picture of a SATA III 6Gb/s drive? Reply
  • dgingeri - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    That is a m.2 PCIe x4 form factor in that picture. Reply
  • Prplxt - Friday, January 16, 2015 - link

    Not true. Look at the image in the sell sheet. PS - SATA drives can come in the M.2 form factor.

    Just saying. Don't agree - look at the text printed on the actual drive it says (perhaps not clearly) "SATA III 6Gb/s" - click on the image
  • royalcrown - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    I wish Mushkin would up their game and kick some SSD ass, because their ram is good stuff, and they actually have support that gets back to you. I love my Samsung SSD, but they price them like they are made of gold or something. Reply
  • dgingeri - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    My 512GB 850 Pro was only $339. That's a great price. I don't know what you're complaining about. Reply

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