Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD review -
Performance Atto Disk Benchmark
A quick note before we dive into the benchmarks. Since this is a cache device we will run each test three times. Overall performance will gain once data gets cached. Secondly, several WRITE performance tests could not be run as some of the benchmarks require an non-partitioned drive. Since the software can't cache an non-partitioned drive (let alone we need Windows a+ applications on it) we can not run some tests from Sandra, HDtach, HDTune etc.
Atto Disk Benchmark
One of the finest tools available to measure storage performance is ATTO. I love it to death as it is so reliable and produces such accurate results. The great thing about ATTO is that we can test with predefined block sizes. So we can test with a 32MB sequence of 4KB files, yet also 32MB in 1MB files. This gives us an excellent scope of overall performance with small and large files.
ATTO Read performance in MB/sec
But let's have a peek at actual read performance. I've limited the selection towards a HDD (Velociraptor). In red you'll notice the Mushkin SATA3 SF2281 based SSD, it is a fully fetched SSD when not used as cache, so you'll notice Sandforce 2281 based like performance.
Then in purple, green and and light blue red the cache has been enabled divided in 1st cached run, the 2nd and the 3rd cache run. As you can see we peak well over 500MB/sec, which is surprising.
ATTO Write performance in MB/sec
When we look at Write performance we still see impressive things. We peak close to 500 Mb/sec. So writing partially seems to be cached. ATTO however is one of the very few benchmarks show results this, quite nice. Let's fire up some real-world stress tests.
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.