Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD review -
The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D 12 MegaPixel.
Right, we received the retail product which can be spotted in stores as we speak. Rather standard looking packaging. Mushkin includes a 3.5" bracket for easy installation in your PC 3/5" drive bay. You'll also find a manual with instruction of where to download the DataPlex software alongside with a key to bee able to use it.
And there it is, this is the 2.5" SATA III 100 GB version. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis. Small and light-weight. This drive chunks out peak read and write speeds roughly 500 MB/sec, crazy stuff and it is great to see how good SSD technology has evolved over the past two years. Cached the dynamic is a little different, but we'll show you all that in the benchmark suite.
When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and Serial ATA connectors. This drive is SATA3 compatible, which typically requires a specific SATA3 cable by the way. A proper SATA 6G cable is recommended and should be delivered with your motherboard. We did try, and we never ever had issues with a standard SATA2 cable either.
The unit is Sandforce 2281 based and uses 25nm NAND flash modules. And all too familiar design really. With Sandforce being sold to LSI we wonder what will happen in the future though.
Mushkin now introduces the Catalyst Cache solid state drive. It's in fact an optional 50 or 100 GB SSD intended just for caching. Combined with Dataplex cache application software and your own HDD, the combination could be just what you have been looking for.
Mushkin Blackline Ridgeback 2000 MHz DDR3 8GB review
Mushkin offers their dual-channel Blackline Ridgeback in 8GB kits at $125 (USD), and to spice that up .. it is offered as a 2000 MHz kit, with granted not the most sexy timings but at a CAS latency of 9 versus 2000 MHz versus two 4GB high-density DDR3 modules. At 125 USD , and that's 15.6 USD per GB, you can understand that this kit might be a nice alternative to low latency 1333 and 1600 MHz kits. Muskin even tops that off by a lifetime warranty on this product so all in all that can't be a bad deal, no Sir.