Mushkin Source SATA SSD Review (500GB): A Cheap Upgrade


ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

The Mushkin Source provides very good small file size performance. It quickly ramps up to its rated sequential read speed of 560MB/s at the 128KB file size. Write performance comes in a 514MB/sat the 32MB portion of the test, just under the rating of 520MB/s Mushkin provides.


Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through a 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.


In Crystal Disk Mark the Mushkin Source delivers 559MB/s read and 522MB/s write performance, matching the rated specs. It also delivers 4KiB speeds of 32.86MB/s read and 79.15MB/s write at QD 1.


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.


In AS SSD the Mushkin Source delivers an overall score of 828 points. Sequential performance reports as 524MB/s read and 463MB/s write. The random performance came in at 46K IOPS read and 77K IOPS write. During the copy test, the Source delivered respectable results. In the game and ISO portions of the test, its throughput was over 400MB/s and during the program portion, it was just under 300MB/s.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) is 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.


The Source lands an overall score of 4,037 points in Anvil. We see results close to AS SSD’s. This is a bit lower than some other SATA SSDs, but fairly good considering it is a DRAMless SSD.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *