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Mushkin's 480GB mSATA SSD Now Available

Mushkin revealed its 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD a while ago, but it has now officially gone on sale in the US.

The 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD is aimed at consumers who want a high-performance low form factor SSD, and therefore it also has a user-upgradeable firmware. Specifications include a SandForce SF-2281 controller with unthrottled IOPS, a SATA3 (6Gb/s) interface, Security Set and NCQ, TRIM support (OS or driver support required), S.M.A.R.T. support, built-in BCH ECC (up to 55 bits correctable per 512 Byte sector), support for ATA APM, high speed MLC NAND, mSATA form factor (50.80 x 29.85 x 4.85mm), and a mini PCIe interface.

The max read speed is 540MBps, and the max write speed is 425MBps. With 78K random read IOPS and 28K random write IOPS the little SSD shouldn't disappoint for performance either.

Mushkin aims for the drive to be available worldwide by the end of January.

The mSATA 480GB Atlas SSD is covered by a respectable 3 year warranty.

The suggested retail price is $499.99, however, the unit has already seen a street price of $449.99 at Newegg.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.