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

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our analysis today will be conducted with our new Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASUS (P8Z77-V Premium), Intel (Core i7-3770K), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H100 and Be Quiet (PSU/Fans) for supporting the build of our Z77 Premium Test Bench.

For testing in ourTest Bench, we also make use of the Renice mSATA to SATA 3 adapter which requires only the typical power and data cable connection to the Test Bench.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for todays analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark Vantage.  We rely on these as they each have a way of supporting one another yet, at the same time, adding a new performance benchmark to the total picture.  Much of the software is free and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the linked title.

SSD COMPRESSION AND TESTING FLUCTUATIONS

All SSDs are not created equal and many new SSD enthusiasts realize that when they test their new drive to confirm specifications and ensure all is in order. LSI SandForce controlled SSDs, as in the Mushkin Atlas 240GB mSATA SSD we are testing today, use compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not.

This creates a bit of confusion when enthusiasts test the drive with random data through benchmarking programs such as AS SSD and Crystal DiskMark. The results seem to be lower than the listed specifications.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 3.9.3

Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that the SSD is capable of TRIM as it is not greyed out as with AAM.

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Any reason that Anvil RC2 and Intel RST 11.2.0.1006 are not being used in the benchmarking?

Les@TheSSDReview
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No reason… we change our systems quite often and test with a number of different versions. There is no appreciable difference.

JC
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JC

What’s your opinion on the differences between this Mushkin Atlas 240GB and the Crucial/Micron M4 256GB mSATA especially with the current price difference?

Les@TheSSDReview
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What differences would you speak? Crucial has had a great show with thr Marvell controller and, for the typical user experience, there is no difference at all. The visible difference will only be see with specific tasks that need the speed for incompressible file transfers.

alan
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alan

which one do you recommend on mSATA lenovo Y480, for a reliable OS drive?

Mushkin Atlas 240GB vs Crucial m4 256GB mSATA

Les@TheSSDReview
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Both of these drives are stellar and I would be hard pressed to choose between the two. There is something worth watching closely however and that is the fact that SandForce has JUST announced their release of enhancements to the SF-2281 processor that will significantly improve battery life of laptops up to as much as an hour. Now, if that were to filter into product already on the market which we don’t know about at all, that might be a key factor in my choice.

alan
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alan

Indeed, i remember seeing something like Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series on newegg, does the enhanced atlas refer to the enhancements of the SF-2281 processor ?

Les@TheSSDReview
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The Atlas, nor any other SF SSD, has the newly announced enhancements as of yet.

jason701802
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jason701802

Any idea when those enhancements will be hitting the shelves?

Mathieu
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Mathieu

Hello there,
First thank’s for those great reviews!! actually reading this from Paris, the matter is there is not a lot of choice here yet for a 256gb msata. The only one we can get on a french website is the Crucial M4. My Question is do you think the M4 is compatible with a toshiba portege Z930 ?
Thank’s in advance!

Les@TheSSDReview
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That SSD will work perfectly in that system! I have the Z830 in use nd m very familiar with Toshiba Ultras.

dv1556
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dv1556

Anyone know if this is compatible with the Samsung S9’s? Specifically the 13.3…??

Les@TheSSDReview
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Of course it is.