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

 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.

LSI SAS 2308

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.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe PCB Front

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.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe PCB Back

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.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Single mSATA

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.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD Single mSATA Back

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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….

Les@TheSSDReview
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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.