While the price of SSDs have not fallen as much as we had hoped there seems to be no stopping this technology from moving forward, and the Mushkin 480GB SSD is proof of that. However, looking at a review of Intel’s latest SSD range they are also doing their best to improve on this technology, and believe it or not offer competitive pricing as well.
The Mushkin SSD is the first 480GB single mSATA module SSD and will be released in January, and while the $500 price tag may seem a little high for some, we can tell you that this is a pretty reasonable price. Looking on Mushkin’s official website their latest offering comes with a SandForce SF-2281 controller SATA III (6Gb/s) interface and unthrottled IOPS, which is protected with a three-year warranty.
If this model is not to your liking then you’ll be pleased to know that Mushkin have other 480GB options for you, but not mSATA. Firstly there’s the 7mm Chronos Deluxe 480GB Solid State Drive, the standard Chronos, and finally the Callisto deluxe. Again more details can be found by visiting their website.
To some, paying $500 is just too much so look for smaller capacity SSDs, so maybe you should consider the 335 Series, but because this only has 240GB of storage it works out $3-4 per GB compared to $1GB for the Mushkin 480GB SSD. When you think of it like that the $500 price doesn’t seem that bad after all. Maybe if you were to review Intel’s latest SSD then you will be able to weigh up the pros and cons to see what brand is for you.
However, just to make things a little tougher you might want to check out the Intel SSD DC S3700 Series Enterprise review, which offers both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. The former consists of 100GB-800GB storage, while the latter come with 200GB and 400GB storage capacity. It’s clear that the SSD market is heating up and because of a greater choice this will only benefit you and I because of more competitive pricing.