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


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.

Mushkin Triactor 480GB cdm

In Crystal Disk Mark the Mushkin Triactor reached over 558MB/s read and 516MB/s write. 4K reads and writes are very good as well, reaching over 38MB/s read and 153MB/s write. These results are indicative of good performance so far.


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.

Mushkin Triactor 480GB as ssd Mushkin Triactor 480GB as ssd iops

When testing in AS SSD the Triactor reached an overall score of 1047 points. Sequential speeds are a bit less than the other benches, reaching just 522MB/s read and 481MB/s write. 4K read and write is also much lower than crystal disk mark, reaching an 39MB/s read and 127MB/s write. Furthermore, it reaches 78K IOPS read and 66K IOPS write, a bit below the manufacturer’s rating.

Mushkin Triactor 480GB as ssd copy

This AS SSD Copy Bench test is a true to life evaluation of performance as AS SSD creates three files (ISO/Program/Game), and simply moves them from one part of the SSD to another, recording their top speed and total transfer time. The best speed of 450MB/s was achieved via the ISO test. These results overall are similar to other TLC SSDs.


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.

Mushkin Triactor 480GB anvil

Anvil Storage Utilities shows that performance is similar to that of our other tests. An overall score of 4066 was achieved, which is a bit on the low side compared to the competition. Here it reached 69K/67K IOPS read/write as well, which is still under the rating.


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    Wait, does are 256Gbit dies or just two 128Gbit dies stacked on top of eachother ?

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    The big problem with their (Mushkin) drives is there is no software that comes with the drive so I can upgrade from my HDD. I have to go find something to clone my drive with that I can trust then find another trustworthy download to maintain my drive with then there is no way to update the firmware when needed that I know of. Not a complete package so I went with OCZ.

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    SanDisk DOES NOT manufacture 1nm chips, please edit your article, page 1. : “1znm” does NOT exist.

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    I’m curious if this would work well as a secondary drive for the XBox One. It seems like it’s be fairly slow getting games loaded onto it at first, but after that, do you think it’d offer better load times than the stock Xbox drive?

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