Mushkin Pilot-E M.2 NVMe SSD Review – The Pilot Climbs to 3.4GB/s


Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.

Crystal DiskMark has great returns at all levels but we really like to see that low 4k random read speed of 60MB/s.


The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.The AS SSD results aren’t as appealing as we might like to see but do get a first look at read and write IOPS which appear to be in the general ball park of listed specs.




AS SSD performance is a bit lower than expected but nothing to worry about.  It is the first time we get to see IOPS grades however, these being 312K IOPS read and 311K IOPS write.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. 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 use in our benchmark testing.

Its expected that performance would be lower in Anvil, as is normally the case, but we didn’t expect to see 4K random write IOPS at 361K.


The AJA Video Systems Disk Test is relatively new to our testing and tests the transfer speed of video files with different resolutions and Codec.


  1. Just FYI, txbench, my favorite window-based erase tool (and now one of your benchmarking tools) now has additional support for NVMes drive and better trim capabilities w/ their end of April 2019 release 0.96 beta.

    [I still pinged them about adding ATA Sanitize Crypto Scramble Ext, but many drives map that behavior for ATA Secure Erase Enhanced so depending on the drive, you can sometimes get there anyway. One day…]


  2. Balsamic Vinaigrette

    So, it’s been 4 months since this review and Mushkin still doesn’t list this SSD drive on their website…despite its widespread availability. I actually bought one from Amazon and I’m regretting it already. My read speeds are way lower than what you report here and they appear to have changed the PCB design. Let’s see if their tech support gets back to me.

    I could have gotten the Adata version (MS2262EN) of this drive for $10 more or a Samsung 970 EVO for $30 more.

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