In the world of SSDs, there are a handful of things that can make a given drive stand out, including speed, capacity and price. Mushkin aims to check that last box by offering an affordable solution for everyday users with its Chronos G2 SSD.
The Chronos G2 SSDs are built with a SandForce SF-2000 series controller and MLC NAND flash. The drives themselves are quite similar to the older Mushkin Chronos drives that have already been on the market for a while, but the G2s come with a couple of minor changes to improve performance, power consumption and endurance.
Sequential read speeds should hit 555 MB/s, with write speeds ranging up to 535 MB/s. Mushkin has rated the drives with an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of 1,500,000 hours. Idle power consumption sits at 0.7 W, while an active drive will consume around 3 W. Naturally, the drives come with TRIM support and work over a SATA3 (6 Gb/s) interface.
|Read Speed||Write Speed||Random 4K Write|
|Chronos G2 60 GB||Up to 550 MB/s||Up to 515 MB/s||90,000 IOPS|
|Chronos G2 120 GB||Up to 555 MB/s||Up to 525 MB/s||86,000 IOPS|
|Chronos G2 240 GB||Up to 555 MB/s||Up to 535 MB/s||85,000 IOPS|
|Chronos G2 480 GB||Up to 540 MB/s||Up to 460 MB/s||54,000 IOPS|
All things considered, there's not all that much new stuff here. Mushkin has left pricing to the retailers, and NewEgg has the drives priced at $59.99 for the 60 GB model, $79.99 for a 120 GB variant, $124.95 for a 240 GB drive and $219.99 for the highest-capacity 480 GB unit, placing them in line with competing budget-oriented SSDs.