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

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we had reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.  This has become relatively similar in SATA 3 with most current generation 6Gbps SSDs breaking the 500MB/s plateau and falling just short of the theoretical 6Gbps maximum.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.

MUSHKIN ATLAS 240GB MSATA PCMARK VANTAGE RESULT

As we believed, that 4k random write result of 110MB/s we saw in Crystal DiskMark paid off for the Atlas because it pulled through with the highest PCMark Vantage result we have seen yet in a mSATA SSD at 71830 points.  Better yet, it’s high transfer speed was an amazing 424MB/s while testing in Media Center.  Considering how similar both the Atlas and MyDigitalSSD SMART mSATA SSDs are in testing, chances are very good that the ‘mystery memory’ used on the SMART was the Toshiba Toggle Mode, making these two SSDs twins with respect to the FSP and memory installed.

The following chart is our mSATA SSD Hierarchy of all mSATA SSDs tested to date.  It is based solely on the PCMark Vantag Total Point Score attained with each drive.

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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.