Mushkin recently launched some new Greek-style SSDs, including Alpha, Delta and Gamma. Today, we are studying the best of these, and the somewhat counterintuitive one is Mushkin Gamma. With the support of Phison’s E18 NVMe SSD controller, Mushkin’s Gamma can provide speeds of more than 7GBps, and the price is slightly lower than similar SSDs, which is a pretty good value for those looking for fast storage.
For many years, we all know that Mushkin is a fan of Silicon Motion controllers, and he released affordable SATA SSDs to cutting-edge NVMe drives with multi-GB speeds. However, since our last review of Mushkin SSD, the company has switched from Silicon Motion and is now working with Phison to develop its latest SSD. When Silicon Motion’s controller is so good for Mushkin, why turn to another SSD controller manufacturer? The answer is simple: performance capability and availability.
Unlike Silicon Motion, Phison now has a much better position in the eyes of most SSD vendors, not only providing PCIe High availability of the 3.0 x4 SSD controller and the faster PCIe 4.0 x4 controller. On the other hand, due to the production of the next-generation SM2264 PCIe 4.0 SSD controller, Silicon Motion is facing a more difficult period. Although the design work has been completed, the company is still unable to integrate the controller into their next-generation SSD.
Therefore, when Mushkin continues to look for suppliers to power its next-generation PCIe 4.0 SSD, Phison is the obvious choice. After seeing Phison’s PS5018-E18 providing extremely fast performance, Mushkin was sold, and it seems that this is how Gamma was born. Mushkin’s Gamma is not a very fancy SSD, nor is it equipped heat sink Or value-added software, but it does have stable PCIe Gen4 performance at low cost in its market segments.
|Price||USD 188.99||USD 378.99||Not applicable|
|Capacity (user/raw)||1000GB / 1024GB||2000GB / 2048GB||4000GB / 4096GB|
|Constitutive factors||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Interface Protocol||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4|
|Controller||Phiso PS5018-E18||Phiso PS5018-E18||Phiso PS5018-E18|
|Dynamic random access memory||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4|
|memory||Micron 96L Thin Layer Chromatography||Micron 96L Thin Layer Chromatography||Micron 96L Thin Layer Chromatography|
|Sequential reading||7,150 MBps||7,175 MBps||7,200 MBps|
|Sequential write||5,600 MBps||6,800 MBps||6,890 MBps|
|Random read||360,000 IOPS||640,000 IOPS||660,000 IOPS|
|Random write||645,000 IOPS||630,000 IOPS||1,250,000 IOPS|
|Safety||AES 256-bit encryption||AES 256-bit encryption||AES 256-bit encryption|
|Endurance (TBW)||700 TB||1,400 TB||3,000 TB|
|Part Number||1TB range-MKNSSDGA1TB-D8||MKNSSDGA2TB-D8||MKNSSDGA4TB-D8|
|Warranty||5 years||5 years||5 years|
Currently, Mushkin Gamma has only two capacities: 1TB and 2TB, but plans to launch a 4TB model. The price of Gamma is a few dollars lower than most competitors. 1TB capacity is US$188.99 and 2TB capacity is US$378.99. Gamma is valuable in its market segment, but it still has a high price compared to slower PCIe Gen3 devices. Label. Muskin rates Gamma to provide continuous performance data up to 7,200/6,890 MBps read/write, and provide up to 660,000/1,250,000 random read/write IOPS.
Thanks in part to Phison’s fourth-generation LDPC ECC, Mushkin supports Gamma’s endurance ratings of up to 700 TBW at 1TB, up to 1,400 TBW at 2TB, and up to 3,000 TBW at 4TB, all of which are covered by a five-year warranty. Gamma supports AES 256-bit hardware encryption, so this SSD can not only provide responsive performance, but also provide data security when activated to prevent theft.
Take a closer look
Mushkin’s Gamma is one of the few Phison PS5018-E18 SSDs without a pre-installed heatsink, but according to most of our tests, it is not needed. And, even if not, Gamma’s red and black design and black PCB look pretty cool. Our 2TB Mushkin Gamma adopts the M.2 2280 double-sided form factor and is equipped with various components.
Phison’s PS5018-E18 is a popular controller that we have reported extensively in recent months. With an 8-channel five-core architecture based on a 12-nanometer process, it is a strong player in flash memory management. It eats up the workload and spit it out, Especially when paired with the fastest flash in the industry.
Unfortunately, Mushkin Gamma does not have the fastest flash we have tested. Instead, it is equipped with Micron’s B27B 96L TLC. Nevertheless, this flash memory is still fast enough to keep up with some of the best flash memory based on workload, with eight NAND flash memory packages on board. Each Mushkin Gamma NAND flash memory package contains four 512Gb chips connected to the controller at a speed of 1,200 MTps. In addition, there are two DRAM ICs on our 2TB samples, both manufactured by SK hynix, operating at 1,600MHz, and at a density of 8Gb.
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