Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Review (480GB) – Wicked 2GB/s Performance at a Great Price

Imagine that you could simply plug a PCIe SSD into your PC and immediately realize performance of over 2GB/s data transfer speeds.  For the average PC user that may not seem like much, but for the media professional, or even enthusiast, being able to manipulate and move large amounts of media in seconds can save both time and money, as well as providing some pretty decent bragging rights. Our last PCIe SSD review saw the KingSpec 1TB MultiCore PCIe SSD transfer 29 HD video files in 36 seconds which is just over a second per.

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Today, we’re bringing you an exclusive look at the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe ‘LSI SandForce Driven’ PCIe SSD and not only are we going to stand it beside the KingSpec for comparison, but also, we’ve thrown in our all time favorite OCZ Revo 3×2 PCIe SSD just for kicks.  Hows this picture of all three PCIe SSDs running simultaneously look?  Here’s a bit of confirmation from the OS itself…

Test Bench Directory Structure

The reality of the PCIe world, at least at the enthusiast to small business level, is that finding an affordable, reliable and easily installed solution was next to impossible.  For the most part, the OCZ Revo 3×2 has done very well with little to know competition, it’s recent EOL designation perhaps an indication that the OCZ Vector PCIe is just about ready for prime time.  Even preliminary vector specs, however, don’t touch what the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe is claiming today.  More than ever though, pricing is going to be a key factor as the PCIe SSD contingent grows.

MUSHKIN SCORPION DELUXE PCIE SSD

The Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe is a PCI Express x8 SSD that is available in capacities of 240, 480, 960, and 1920GB.  Sold with a three year limited warranty, performance specifications are listed at 2160MB/s read and 1960MB/s write with up to 107K IOPS at 4k aligned write disk access.  To our knowledge, these specs make this SSD the fastest single form factor SSD that can be purchased from e-tailers such as Amazon, NCIX and…that other popular internet hardware outlet.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Package Closer

The operating temperature is listed as being from 0-70DegC and we measured the outer casing at just over 60DegC when we were testing at steady state 4K access.  As we received an e-mail from an ecstatic new Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe owner just prior to publishing, availability should be ramping up at most major e-tailers soon enough.  Pricing could be found at $559 (240GB). $794 (480GB) and $1276 (960GB) but we couldn’t find a suggested price for the 2TB capacity.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Package FrontMushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Package BackExamination of the outer packaging reveals that the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe is powered by quad SandForce SF-2281 processors and this is the first time we have seen this from an SSD.  Stay tuned though as we might just be digging up a similar solution for review with ‘dual quad (8) of these processors at its heart.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Package Disassembled

Here is a closer look at the card without its protective shell which is also a key element in heat dissipation from the LSI RAID controller.  If you check out the picture on your left, you will notice the thick aluminum piece of metal.  I small patch of thermally conductive rubber goes on top of that and it is pressed against the  controller to channel the heat to the exterior metal shell where it is dissipated.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe Thermal Dissipation

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Todd
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Were your steady state tests with incompressible data, or fully compressible data which is essentially writing zeros to the drive?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Incompressible for an hour….

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We tried to explain individual test makeup in steady state paras and it also varies, depending on server needs.

Todd
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Todd

When you are testing with incompressible data, what actual data type are you picking in Iometer, is it Psuedo Random?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Testing in steady state was done and reported in incompressible. The test methodology was explained Thanks ahead.

MikeGR7
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MikeGR7

Thank you Les! That was one of the best reviews!
Only one thing is missing. Add a second 840 Pro in RAID and let’s see the
battle of the year. Almost same price, same capacity but what about performance?
I’m not expecting two 840pro to Surpass that 2GB/s seq read but what about low 4k write?
I’m sure existing owners of high end ssds like 840p, vector etc. Whould LOVE to know
which is the best upgrade path for their OS drive> one of this beasts or Raid their Drives?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Mike, check the results for this drive once again in steady state. I wasn’t comfortable with such low steady state numbers so the tests were conducted once again with better results that are posted. These results are high sequentials in a 100% random environment.

MikeGR7
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MikeGR7

Thank you for the effort and constant improvement.
Whitelisted the site in adblock btw.

Christian Schröder
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Christian Schröder

I ordered the 240GB version of the Scorpion DeLuxe earlier this week. This review made me even more excited! 🙂

Les@TheSSDReview
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Great to hear. Similarly just before posting, another e-mailed stating he had just received his and was ecstatic at the performance. Make sure you follow the instructions because this SSD requires a power cable connection.

Gary Byatt
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Gary Byatt

I’m using an OCZ Revodrive 3 x2. I waited to buy until OCZ patched its firmware problem with the SandForce controller that apparently caused a BSOD. Not had a problem with it and it still super fast. I am not quite ready for an upgrade because it is still so quick, but I am glad to see some competition at last for enthusiast SSDs. Maybe it will force the pace a little for when I am ready to upgrade.

Tucker
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Tucker

Funny,you test with all compressible data. no wonder its so fast.

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