MUSHKIN SCORPION DELUXE COMPONENTS
The Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe is composed of a PCB (printed circuit board) that contains four blade SSDs that feed through a RAID controller to a PCIe2.0 x8 interface that slides into your desktop computer. The RAID controller is a LSI SAS-2308 PCI Express to 8-port 6Gbps SAS/SATA controller. It contains an integrated RAID solution partnered with LSI’ Fusion MPT firmware that provided for the drives RAID 0 performance over 2GB/s.
While the front of the card contains four independent blade SSD, the back is relatively clean. Each SSD is listed as a 120GB capacity and contains 7% overprovisioning, the original RAW capacity of the NAND chips totalling 128GB. Formatting the Scorpion Deluxe leaves the end-user with 443GB of available storage.
Each of the SSDs contains a LSI SandForce SF-2281 flash storage processor which is an eight channel 6Gbps solution. Previously, we had published a report on the OWC Accelsior which utilized two similar blade SSDs and remains to be the only similar design tested to date. AS this one may be, the Accelsior was user upgradeable by simply removing and replacing the SSDs and again initiating RAID 0.
Each SSD contains four modules of Toshiba Toggle Mode MLC NAND flash memory that is not so easily identifiable as normal branding is not present on the face of the SSD. Each package is 32GB in size for a total of 128GB RAW capacity.
The back of each SSD is void of any memory chips and a closer look at the controller shows that it is the newly available SF-2281 B2 version which provides for lower power usage, at least when not in a RAID 0 mode spitting out over 2GB/s of data transfer speeds.