Mushkin, best known for its high-performance computer memory modules, has entered into the SSD foray with the release of its new SSD-series called Europe.
The new series of Mushkin Europe SSDs are of a 2.5-inch form-factor, MLC-type and come in capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 192 GB and 256 GB. Read and write speeds of the new drives are rated at 150 MB/sec. and 90 MB/sec., respectively, which seem however to be a bit unexceptional. For comparison, the popular Intel X-25M-series of SSDs is capable of sequential read and write speeds of 250 MB/sec. and 70 MB/sec., respectively.
Other than being equipped with a SATA II interface, the new Mushkin SSDs also feature a USB 2.0 mini port that allow the drives to be used as external storage devices without the need for additional power. Power consumption of the new SSDs is rated at around 0.5-watts and the drives are enclosed in an aluminum housing. For additional protection, the drives come with a three year warranty.
The new Mushkin Europe-series are currently available for purchase, although finding them Stateside is still a bit tricky. According to the Mushkin-Europe online store, prices for the 192 GB, 128 GB, 64 GB and 32 GB models are €502.09 ($653), €344.30 ($448), €176.93 ($230) and €106.53 ($139), respectively.