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Mushkin Unveils ECO3 SSD & New USB Drives – CES 2016 Update

We continue our tour of CES with Mushkin, where we were introduced to a variety of flash products including gate new Mushkin ECO3, Impact USB 3.0 drives and an interesting SSD prototype.

The Mushkin Eco3 is a 2.5″ form factor SSD that will include a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller, will be SATA 3.1 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA Revisions 3.0, 2.0 (3Gb/s), and 1.0 (1.5Gb/s). We can expect the ECO3 to reach up to 560MB/s read and 515MB/s write speeds, as well as transaction rates of up to 87,000 IOPS. It will also feature SLC caching which we are told will dramatically boost performance in everyday tasks, as well as Pushkin’s Enhanced Data-protection Suite (MEDS) and a 3-year warranty. No word yet on official pricing, but we can expect to see something aggressive for both the 240 and 480 GB capacities.

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The Mushkin Eco3 will be a Newegg exclusive, but there will also be the Mushkin Triactor. We were told that this drive will essential be identical, except it will be available worldwide.

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We were also introduced to the Mushkin Impact USB drive which is SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Compatible. It will able to reach up to 400MB/s read and 310MB/s write speeds, al of which is enclosed within a black aluminum housing. The Impact is available now and we are told that we can expect the  MSRPs of $34.99 (64GB), $52.99 (128GB), and $101.99 (256GB), and includes a two-year limited warranty. Stay tuned as we will have a full in-depth review of the 128GB Impact USB drive.

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Mushkin also had a very exciting prototype featuring two Silicon Motion 2246 controllers, which allows for the 3D NAND to be raided together for exceptional performance and capacities much larger than we have seen to date from other SSD manufacturers. There will be more on this later on as the it moves out of the prototype phases.

Stay tuned for more coverage of CES 2016 here at The SSD Review!

  • Scour

    The Triactor arrived the market here in Germany. Anyone have info about the used NAND, TLC, MLC, NAND-manufacturer (I think it could be Micron)

    Also the Reactor LT is available here, if the info is correct it uses MLC and the 512GB-version is 35€ cheaper than the Reactor. The write speed is declared at 305MB/s, the Reactor is declared at 460MB/s.
    Any further info about the LT?

    • CBarr

      I believe that all mushkin ssd’s use micron (eco2,reactor and srtriker do at least) and the triactor uses TLC memory I assume they are using micron since they have used it pretty much exclusively.

      • Scour

        You mean MLC for the Reactor-series?

        I hope so, because305MB/s is faster tahn almost all other SSDs with TLC if it don´t have SLC-cache or something

      • CBarr

        Yes MLC for the reactor getting it mixed up with the triactor.

      • CBarr
      • Scour

        Thanksfor these links, but I still wonder the Reactor LT-series is not listed at Mushkin

      • CBarr

        I believe the reactor replaced the reactor LT (although I haven’t ever/heard of it) since they are very similar . (MLC,slightly lower iops and slightly lower speeds)

      • Scour

        The LT seems to be new. It is listed in Germany since end of january 2016.

        The controller is identical. I don´t think Mushkin could buy different MLC (16nm Micron), maybe the LT have NAND with more GB/Chip? I think 460MB/s is more than slighty to 305MB/s

      • CBarr

        Yeah maybe it might also be slightly lower quality chips as they do by it in wafer format so they verify what chips go where ie lower quality would be sd cards and such. I wonder why mushkin doesn’t have it on its website though strange.

      • Scour

        SD-cards have more often TLC 😉

        If Mushkin uses Micron-MLC itcan´t be that bad, I guess

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