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

REAL WORLD TRANSFER SPEED TESTING

For this test, all three PCIe SSDs were compared, as well as the Samsung 840 Pro SATA 3 SSD for a basis of comparison.  This test entailed placing 25GB files of video, ISO and data samples, on each drive and then copying them into another folder on the same SSD.

PCIe TrueTransfer Speed Comparison

In conducting actual transfer tests of video, ISO and OS files, the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD bettered the KingSpec MultiCore, however, was beaten by the Revo 3×2 which had its first true showing in this report.  Having the best 4k performance throughout, the Revo 3×2 was a natural for the movement of OS files.  Just as a point of interest, the OS files consisted of a total of 38086 files within 34092 folders.

TESTING IN STEADY STATE METRICS – 4 CORNERS

Steady state testing consisted of running four tests for a period of one hour each with our goal being to obtain the absolute best throughput and IOPS possible.  For throughput, we started with a 128KB file at 100% read and write, 0% random with four workers at 64 OIO each, and expanded that to a 1GB filesize at 100% read and write with 100% random data.  IOPS utilized 4K 100% write 100% random with the same worker setup.

Steady State PCIE Throughput4

As remarkable as it is that the KingSpec is still capable of hitting that 2.5GB/s mark in steady state, full points have to go to all the PCIe cards for their solid performance.

Steady State PCIE IOPS5

It was not until seeing the OCZ results in the excel results (and confirming them 5 times) that we remembered that the OCZ Revo 3×2 IOPS specification is 200,000.  We were very surprised that it stood up to that after all this time.  With respect to the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe, it easily surpassed the KingSpec MultiCore in write IOPS and met its specification, even while in steady state.

TESTING IN STEADY STATE – SERVER METRICS

Last but not least came our server profiles which are configured to present the drive with more complex workloads tailored to enterprise environments.  Most of these profiles are heavy on reads, but with just enough writes to give lesser flash controllers problems.

Steady State PCIE Server2

Although the KingSpec had a healthy jump in Web Server testing, the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe definitely showed its colors in Database and WorkStation analysis, leading the pack in both.

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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.