The name 'Mushkin' may no longer be familiar to you.  A few years ago, they were big players in terms of DDR performance memory - but have not always kept up the pace with hardware development. In 2010 however, alongside OCZ, SanDisk, Intel, Corsair, and other SSD manufacturers, they are diving head first into a highly competitive arena.

Earlier this year, Mushkin released their Io series of SSDs, using the Indilinx 'Barefoot' controller, and received favourable reviews in all areas, except the price.  Today, Mushkin are releasing three drives - a 60GB model, a 120GB model, and a 240GB model - all backed by a three year warranty.  Featuring the Sandforce SF-1200 controller, published speeds are up to 285MB/sec read, and up to 275MB/sec write. If this is indeed based on the standard SF-1200 then its performance should be similar to the OCZ Agility 2 we recently reviewed.

Current prices on the Mushkin website are as follows:

MKNSSDCL60GB – 60GB Callisto™ SSD - $218.49 (MSRP. $240.49)
MKNSSDCL120GB – 120GB Callisto™ SSD - $369.99 (MSRP. $406.99)
MKNSSDCL240GB – 240GB Callisto™ SSD - $666.49 (MSRP. $733.49)

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  • hybrid2d4x4 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    "highly competitive arena" or highly lucrative? It seems that more and more companies keep hopping onto this bandwagon releasing essentially the exact same product but prices don't seem to go down despite the saturation...
  • larson0699 - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    But is it the quick saturation of the market or the gradual adoption of the technology that brings prices to more comfortable thresholds?
  • Zok - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    I very rarely critique the grammar of others, but these titles are driving me insane.

    "Gigabyte announce their new flagship motherboard: The X58A-UD9"
    "Sparkle announce $200-$250 1000W-1250W power supplies"
    "Mushkin release Callisto SSD Series, featuring Sandforce"

    It's "announces" and "releases." I can't help but assume that English isn't Ian's first language, so no biggie, but PLEASE take care of it next time.
  • IanCutress - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    Hi Zok,

    Yes, I'm British. I'm usually quite fastidious regarding my spelling, grammar, and so forth, and I have been trying to conform to all US standards (serial commas, -ize over -ise, etc). I had not known about this difference, otherwise I would have used it from the start. Also, a short email to one of the team here would have made it to me, and been a lot friendlier than ranting on the comments section - article writers are people too. I like writing to the best of my ability for AT, improving my current knowledge of various product areas and so forth, but this sort of online negative backlash 'sans' email isn't good for boosting ones enthusiasm for writing top articles.

    All the best,
  • larson0699 - Friday, May 14, 2010 - link

    If you're really so bothered about a missing letter (when either form is correct, mind you) then paste the article into FrontPage and add the "s"'s yourself. No one else but you is bothered by the use of singular nouns as plurals (similar to how band names are so often used in sentences/headlines, e.g., "Papa Roach embark on worldwide tour") when clearly we speak the most sparse of languages and there is no one correct way to satisfy all interpretations of it. I am American but I am well aware of (and no less content to read) British words such as "realise" and "colour". It's English.

    Besides, grammar is possibly the least of Ian's concerns as an editor...
  • chemist1 - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    Not so fast on criticizing Ian's grammar -- it may be that he is British. In British English, "nouns of multitude" (e.g., company names) are treated as plural.
  • chemist1 - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    . . . however: I would add that, when writing for any publication, one should probably adhere to the grammatical standards of that publication's country of origin.
  • Zok - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    My mistake. I didn't realize that. Although the above poster does have a point. This isn't
  • Zok - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    Which is you! I need sleep...
  • Murloc - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    I think that anandtech should keep writing deep articles about stuff, like reviews, product comparison and market analysis and nice guides.

    There are way too many sites just posting short news about new products and their price, deep articles is what sets anandtech apart, and makes it actually interesting to read.

    In the right we already have the latest dailytech news, we can read that if we want to read biased and unproven assumptions and knowing every product that will be coming out.

    Anandtech should keep doing what it does best.

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