Mushkin Triactor SSD Review (480GB) – Another Barebones TLC Option


We also wanted to see how performance was in a real world use when transferring large files to the SSD. For this test we are going to simply stress write performance by transferring over a 30GB folder of movies off of a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro to the test SSDs and time how long it takes. Once complete we can calculate the average speed. For reference we have included both a 2.5″ and 3.5″ WD Blue HDD.

Mushkin Triactor SSD 30GB file Transfer

In this test the Mushkin Triactor shows its true weakness, large file transfer write performance.  While it is not as slow as the Crucial BX200 series SSDs, it is still slower than a standard desktop HDD and slower than the Intel 540s by nearly 50MB/s.


For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we are now utilizing a Quarch Technology Programmable Power Module. It allows us to accurately measure power consumption over time and is flexible enough to allow us to test any SSD that comes our way.

Quarch Technology Power Module Angle

Our power analysis may change as time goes on, but for now we are looking at just a few metrics with the main goal of measuring our results against the manufacturer’s ratings. Because most consumer systems are at idle for about 80% of the time, idle power consumption is an important measure to look at when understanding the efficiency of a drive.

Mushkin Triactor SSD IDLE Power Consumption

In this comparison we can see that the Mushkin Triactor did very well. Idle power consumption is only 43 milliwatts, this places it lower than our 2.5″ HDD and much lower than that of our 3.5″ HDD comparisons. In relation to the rest of the SSDs on the graph, the result is rather impressive.


Finally, we wanted to post up a graph of the power efficiency of the SSDs in comparison. We are looking at MB/s per Watt in this graph. The higher the result, the better.

Mushkin Triactor SSD 30GB Efficiency

Lastly, we can see that in this comparison, the Mushkin Triactor is still near the end of the herd. It does, however, beat out the BX200 series by quite a bit by being twice as efficient.