Mushkin launches their Pilot series of M.2 NVMe SSDs

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Mushkin launches their Pilot series of M.2 NVMe SSDs

Mushkin launches their Pilot series of M.2 NVMe SSDs

Mushkin has officially launched their new Pilot series of M.2 NVMe SSDs, the company's fastest range of Solid State drives to date to date. This new lineup of M.2 NVMe 1.3 SSDs combines 3D TLC NAND and Silicon Motion's new SM2262 controller to deliver high-end performance. 

Like most high-performance SSDs, Muchkin's higher-end offerings provide users with increased performance when compared to their low capacity counterparts, with Mushkin's 250GB Pilot offering an almost 2x performance boost over the drive's 120GB counterpart. Further increases in sequential read/write performance is also available when moving up to capacities of 500GB or higher. 

The only real issue that some PC builders will have with Mushkin's offering is its use of a green PCB, though this could be covered by a motherboard's M.2 heatsink on most systems, eliminating this factor as an issue.   

These M.2 SSDs will ship with capacities of 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB, with specifications for each drive being available in the table below. These specifications come directly from Mushkin's website. 
 Mushkin Pilot Series SSD
NVMeNVMe 1.3NVMe 1.3NVMe 1.3NVMe 1.3
PCIe lanes3.0 x43.0 x43.0 x43.0 x4
Form FactorM.2 2280
Sequential Read1215MB/s2470MB/s2680MB/s2710MB/s
Sequential Write515MB/s1000MB/s1755MB/s1755MB/s
4K Random Read91,000 IOPS179,000 IOPS335,000 IOPS283,000 IOPS
4K Random Write133,000 IOPS257,000 IOPS277,000 IOPS280,000 IOPS
Warranty3 years

(Specifications from Mushkin)

Mushkin launches their Pilot series of M.2 NVMe SSDs

Like many low capacity SSDs, Mushkin's Pilot 120GB SSD offers sub-par performance when compared to its higher-end counterpart, likely due to the SSD's use of fewer NAND chips in its construction, leaving the SSD's controller unsaturated. This performance limitation is why some ultra-high-end SSDs like Samsung's 970 EVO does not ship with 120GB variants anymore. 

Mushkin lists each of these drives as having as mean time between failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours, with each SSD shipping with a three-year warranty. Sadly Mushkin has not released the retail pricing of their new Pilot series of SSDs. 

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09-05-2018, 12:53:29

4K Random Read @ 335,000 IOPS on the 500mb version !!!!

surely, that is a typo and meant to be 235,000 ??? Quote

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