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Mushkin Atlas 240GB mSATA SSD Review – Top Performance at an Unbeatable Price

It seems that the LSI SandForce Flash Storage Processor (FSP) combined with Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND is the perfect mix for solid state drives if we follow recent trends. Some manufacturers are even re-releasing SSDs with premium Toggle Mode NAND as the upgrade for that IOPS boost.

The Mushkin Atlas 240GB mSATA SSD contains both ingredients and our analysis will put the theory to the test.

INTRODUCTION

The Mushkin Atlas mSATA SSD is available in capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB and is presently available at retailers for $84.99, $129.99 and $239.99.  It is a SATA 3 mSATA SSD measuring 50.80 x 29.85 x 4.35mm and weighing about 7 grams. This form factor is the smallest and most powerful storage medium available for today’s computer and the Atlas comes with a three year standard warranty.  Performance is listed at 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write with 80,000 IOPS at 4k aligned random right disk access.

Packaging for the Atlas is as we should see all mSATA SSDs and consists of a plastic casing that is clicked open or closed from the top. Marketing for the SSD is very simple and appealing, as it should be, considering those looking for an mSATA SSD already know exactly what they want.

ATLAS COMPONENTS

The Mushkin ATlas is driven by a LSI SandForce SF-2281 FSP and contains four modules of Toshiba 24nm Toggle Mode NAND Flash Memory (TH58TEG9D2HBA89), identical to the memory used in the MyDigitalSSD BP3 256GB SSD we recently reviewed.  We also believe that this is the same memory of our recent MyDigitalSSD SMART 256GB SSD Review (aka AData SX300), however, this cannot be confirmed as the memory of that device cannot be identified by its external branding.

Each module is 64GB in size for a RAW total of 256GB, however, SandForce over provisioning, firmware needs and formatting leave the end user with 224GB of available storage space.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • pcuser

    Mushkin has Announced 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD to arrive in January 2013 @ $499US

    Specifications:

    - SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor with unthrottled IOPS
    - SATA III (6Gb/s) interface
    - Supports ATA APM, Security Set, NCQ
    - TRIM support (OS/driver support required)
    - S.M.A.R.T. support
    - Built-in BCH ECC (Up to 55 bits correctable per 512 byte sector)
    - High speed MLC NAND
    - MO-300 (mSATA) form factor (50.80 x 29.85 x 4.85mm)
    - Mini PCIe Interface
    - User-upgradeable firmware
    - RoHS, FCC, CE
    - 3-year limited warranty

    http://www.ntcompatible.com/news/story/mushkin_announces_worlds_first_480gb_msata_solid_state_drive.html

  • simply_eff

    The new 120GB DX versions are shipping with SanDisk toggle nand SDZNPQCHER-032GT.

  • Rick

    I bought a Mushkin Atlas 240gb ssd drive because of this review. When I got it I realized my computer build may be in jeopardy. Can I install this on a ASUS z77 Sabertooth mother board with a Fractal Design R4 case. How do I attach it?

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