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


The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.

The total Score of 5083 is decent along with the average bandwidth of 622MB/s as shown in the following chart:



TxBench is one of our newly discovered benchmarks that we works much the same as Crystal Diskmark, but with several other features.  Advanced load benchmarking can be configured, as well as full drive information and data erasing via secure erase, enhanced secure erase, TRIM and overwriting.  Simply click on the title for a free copy.



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 to 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


These PCMark Vantage results are right up there for a single SSD with a Total Score of 281160 and 7 of 8 tests above the 1GB/s mark.



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    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…]


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    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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