Mushkin Atlas 480GB SSD Review – Performance Meets Capacity In The Ultra World


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

Mushkin Atlas 480GB Crystal Anvil 0Fill

Anvil Storage Utilities seems to highlight the low IOPS results that are well below the specifications of 78,000 IOPS.  AS these results demonstrate oFill or highly compressible data testing, they are better than we have seen in AS SSD and the Crystal DiskMark result while testing in highly incompressible data.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


In testing the Atlas 480GB SSD in PCMark Vantage HDD Suite, we were able to reach a Total Point Score of 65248 with a high transfer speed of 400MB/s while testing in Media Player.  In checking out the individual results of each test, transfer speeds reached the SATA 3 level in 5 of 8 tests.

Mushkin Atlas 480GB Vantage

This chart provides a hierarchy of all mSATA SSDs tested to date and is based ONLY on the PCMark Vantage SATA 3 results.  No other benchmarks have been incorporated into these results, although they typically fall in line.

Mushkin Atlas 480GB PCMark Vantage Chart Highlighted


  1. OMG,what were they thinking….cheap asynchronous NAND flash memory….yikes

  2. 3 year warranty is a no-go on a $400 plus part.

  3. still better than TLC flash..
    with 128gbit die flash, this will be in the future possbile without the additional 4 flash chios

  4. usually I am very pleased with your tests… in this case – well got me a little confused not to compare this drive to sandisk xtreme 480GB (priced at 328,-€ -> 435$), thinking it would best the atlas (this comment should be deemed non existent if you’d mean best msata 480GB drive)

  5. Mine lasted less than 6 weeks. Completely crashed and can’t do anything with it. I would not recommend this to anyone.

  6. So it looks like the new crucial 480gb mSata is pretty much the same drive?

  7. Beaten to a pulp by Crucials 480GB mSATA SSD

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