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

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible.  In testing the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD, we see markedly higher results when testing compressible data samples (left):

Mushkin Scorpion Crystal DiskMark

Testing in incompressible data seems to have brought the performance down a bit in CDM, however, we just love to see low 4K random write results over that 100MB/s mark.  Considering the SSDs that we have previously seen surpass this, all others have been top-tier and have earned great reputations as well.

PCIe CDM Transfer Speed Comparison

Looking at our four-way comparison with compressible data testing, the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe displays excellent results in both high sequential write and low 4k write throughput.  The Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is shaping up to be a very well-rounded PCIe SSD.

PCIe CDM Transfer Speed Random Comparison

Incompressible data testing is the meat and gravy of true SSD testing and the KingSpec has definitely put the Scorpion Deluxe in its place here, although even in this analysis we again see that low 4k write performance above 100MB/s.  Amazing!

QUICKBENCH V.4

We wanted to replicate what we had seen in ATTO and felt that QuickBench was just the program to do that.  Just as ATTO does, QuickBench measures transfer speeds of files of different sizes.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe 480GB QuickBench Standard Volume

Although not used as a basis of comparison, we wanted to include Quickbench results to provide further validation of the strength of this SSD.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe 480GB QuickBench Extended Volume

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Todd
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Todd

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.

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