While the future of Ultrabooks might be in question, there's no doubt that manufacturers are trending towards thinner, lighter, and more powerful machines, and that has peripheral and component makers all vying a piece of the pie. Enter Mushkin, which just announced a line of slim 7mm solid state drives intended for Ultrabooks. In addition to their slim profile, Mushkin's new Chronos Deluxe SSDs sport performance-oriented SandForce controllers and SATA 6Gbps interfaces.
Your mother might have asked you a million times if you'd jump off a bridge if all your friends turned into a bunch of Lemmings (anyone remember that game?) and started the death parade. Point taken, though it's not always a bad thing to follow in the footsteps of others. Take Mushkin, for example, which just announced its Chronos line of solid state drives built around the same SandForce SF-2281 chipset found in other high-end SSDs.
We often preach how easy it is to roll your own rig, once you know how. And even if you don't, it's not hard to take that next step -- all it requires is a little bit of research, some careful planning, and the right parts.
One of the best ways to learn how to piece together your own system is to build up experience by upgrading your existing PC. If you think about it, a full system install is really just one big upgrade, and some of the steps are so easy even a chimpanzee can do it. Literally. Don't believe it? Check out Mushkin's new video showing a chimp installing a kit of RAM, and then celebrating (which is perfectly acceptable after completing your first build/upgrade).
If you're going for a biohazard theme, we can't think of a memory kit better suited than Mushkin's new Radioactive Series with yellow heatspreaders and matching logo.
"We're elated to offer viscerally engaging products for our friends in the gaming and high performance sectors. We have many plans to cater to enthusiasts, and this kit release is just the tip of the iceberg," said Wade Shiflett, Marketing Director, Mushkin.
It didn't take long for memory makers to employ SandForce's brand-spanking-new SF-2000 series controller on the next generation of SSDs. First out of the gate is Mushkin, which just announced new SSDs based on the enterprise-class SF-2500 and SF-2600 processors.
SandForce's updated controllers take advantage of the SATA 6Gb/s interface, and as such, the new Mushkin drives offer up to 500MB/s read and write sequential transfers, and up to 60,000 sustained read and write IOPS. Other enterprisey features include advanced ECC with up to 55 bits correctable per 512-byte sector, and power/performance throttling..
Power users looking to pick up a potent solid state drive (SSD) now have yet another option to choose from, this one coming from Mushkin. The new series is called Callisto and comes built around the highly touted Sandforce SF-1200 controller found on other top tier SSDs.
"The Callisto SSDs continue Mushkin Enhanced's tradition of high-performance, high-reliability flash storage products and we're very pleased with the performance and responsiveness this product provides. We're confident the Callisto will not only meet the expectations of the market, but exceed them," said Brian Flood, Mushkin Enhanced director of product development.
Available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities, all three drives feature read and write speeds up to 285MB/s and 275MB/s, respectively. Mushkin offered up few other details about its new Callisto series, though we suspect they also come equipped with 64MB of cache.
Pricing for the drives have been set to $219 (60GB), $370 (120GB) and $667 (240GB).
Mushkin doesn't make the headlines too often, but the high-end memory maker this week announced one more addition to its Blackline series, the Blackline 4GB DDR3-2000 kit.
The new dual-channel kit sports Mushkin's now-familiar Blackline Frostbyte heatspreaders, but it's what's under the aluminum that counts. Mushkin rates its memory modules at 2000MHz with fairly tight 7-10-8-27 latencies at 1.65V.
This ranks as Mushkin's fastest DDR3 kit to date, although not the fastest on the market, and also the company's tightest-timed 2000MHz kit.
Mushkin says the new kit will be available soon for $180.
Mushkin this week beefed up its high-end Blackline lineup of DDR3 memory with new kits, including a 12GB triple channel DDR3-1600 package.
"These new memory products we are introducing give our customers superior flexibility with their systems. Whether they are looking for a high density 8GB or 12GB kit with fast DDR3-1600 CL7 performance, or a lower density kit that allows them to overclock their machines to levels they never dreamed possible, Mushkin Enhanced has their needs covered," said Brian Flood, director of product development.
Dual-channel memory might not be dead, but Intel's Core i7 platform has kicked off the era of triple-channel memory kits and most manufacturers have already jumped on board. Enter Mushkin, who not only is making tri-channel DDR3 kits available, but has launched 16 different models ranging in speed from 1066MHz to 1600MHz.
998674 – 3GB (3x1GB) XP3-10666 6-6-6-18 1.65V
998675 – 6GB (3x2GB) XP3-10666 6-6-6-18 1.65V
998676 – 3GB (3x1GB) HP3-10666 7-7-7-20 1.5-1.6V
998677 – 6GB (3x2GB) HP3-10666 7-7-7-20 1.5-1.6V
998583 – 3GB (3x1GB) EM3-10666 9-9-9-24 1.5V
998585 – 6GB (3x2GB) EM3-10666 9-9-9-24 1.5V
998678 – 3GB (3x1GB) XP3-12800 7-8-7-20 1.65V
998679 – 6GB (3x2GB) XP3-12800 7-8-7-20 1.65V
998680 – 3GB (3x1GB) XP3-12800 8-8-8-24 1.6-1.65V
998681 – 6GB (3x2GB) XP3-12800 8-8-8-24 1.6-1.65V
998658 – 3GB (3x1GB) HP3-12800 9-9-9-27 1.5-1.6V
998659 – 6GB (3x2GB) HP3-12800 9-9-9-27 1.5-1.6V
998682 – 3GB (3x1GB) HP3-8500 6-6-6-18 1.5-1.6V
998683 – 6GB (3x2GB) HP3-8500 6-6-6-18 1.5-1.6V
998570 – 3GB (3x1GB) EM3-8500 7-7-7-20 1.5V
998571 – 6GB (3x2GB) EM3-8500 7-7-7-20 1.5V
"We’ve worked diligently to create parts for the Core i7 platform that push specifications to unprecedented levels while maintaining the high quality and reliability standards of our existing products," said Brian Flood, director of product development for Mushkin. "Our triple-pack customers will be rewarded with the utmost reliability from our standard rated products, and greatly increased performance from our high performance line."
Mushkin claims that each kit is hand-tested beyond its rated specification, suggesting at least a modicum of overclocking headroom. Each of the 16 kits also come bearing Mushkin's FrostByte heatspreader.