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Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT120GB-DX mSATA 120GB SATA III MLC SSD - $99.99 w/ free shipping on Newegg
Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT120GB-DX mSATA 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
I've been watching this hard disk for a while. I've never seen it go below $119.99 on Newegg or Amazon, so I think this is a pretty slick deal. Certainly it's never been below $100, at least according to PriceGrabber.
How does this fair against crucial? Also what's the formatted capacity on this one? Crucial seems to be a better deals since for the same price I get 8GB more than this one. The only issue with Crucial that worries me is the firmware which is highly unstable.
Formatted this drive shows 119GB available. So if you're thinking about the difference between the 128GB drives and 120GB drives, I don't think there is a difference. I think it's just the way the manufacturers list capacity (differently).
So it seems there is no difference in capacity, Mushkin is just a little more "honest" with its spec. I was also worried about the Crucial firmware issues hence I avoided it if I could. It seems that Mushkin Atlas gets better reviews overall than the Crucial M4.
Disclaimer: I currently do not own either drive, and I just ordered the Mushkin
What's mSATA? Makes it a lot more expensive eh? I've been watching and it's around 60cents per gig but this isn't.
msata SSD's are simply smaller form factor from their 2.5" counterparts, and often feature the same specifications as their 'bigger' brothers. The increased cost comes from a smaller market (these things usually only go in laptops) so that accounts for the price disparity.
If you have a desktop, or an available drive bay for your laptop then you should consider getting a 2.5" drive, unless, of course you want to maximize storage capabilities by having storage drives in your 2.5" bay(s) and using an msata slot to store the SSD.
A word of warning though, some msata drives/laptops do not come with the required screw to secure the drive with.
This is a fairly good deal, but considering the 256GB drive has been around for 160-165 in the past couple weeks, those who can invest a little bit more money or who wish to wait for a better deal (per gigabyte) may want to wait for that deal to come back around, which it seems to do once every week or two lately.
I have the m4 version and love it. I would trust crucial over Mushkin due to who they tend to get their flash memory from (crucial has a proven track record of good flash), I'm not sure about Mushkin (though I worry with anything sandforce based that isn't intel)
1100 Total SSD's handled between two jobs. Plextor M3s, M5s, Intel 320s, and Samsung 470/830/840s are reliable (1 intel 8MB bug failure, one M5s failure). 3 M4 errors, 1 failure among ~75 of them. Sandforce controlled drives, 13 RMAs among ~200 units.
This is a fairly good deal, but considering the 256GB drive has been around for 160-165 in the past couple weeks, those who can invest a little bit more money or who wish to wait for a better deal (per gigabyte) may want to wait for that deal to come back around, which it seems to do once every week or two lately
As previously mentioned, the 256GB is for the Crucial m4, which generally has been cheaper anyway. I don't have first-hand experience with Crucial vs Mushkin, so I relied on reviews and it seemed like Mushkin had a premium for some valid reasons.
Also, I realized I don't want 256 GB. It seemed too much for me for storing OS and apps/games. So 120 or 128 GB was a good price point for me, even though $/GB was obviously less.
Just a word of caution. A lot of people have reported overheating issues with Mushkin msata. Not sure what impact it has, but overheating is an issue for me which is probably one of the reasons i'm moving away from mechanical hdd's, apart from the speed factor.
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