CES 2015: Mushkin Launches STRIKER SSD and Previews M.2, PCIe Drives

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Mushkin has been busy this year putting together a new line of solid state drives and high-end DDR4 memory kits. That’s not all, they have plans to launch M.2 and PCIe storage devices in the next few months to really round out their family of products.

STRIKER Solid State Drive

Mushkin launched a new solid state drive called STRIKER. The performance looks impressive. According to the press release, “The STRIKER SSD provides sequential read and write throughput of up to 565 and 550MB/s respectively, with random performance of up to 90,000 4K IOPS.” STRIKER solid state drives will be available starting at 240GB all the way up to 960GB capacity. Look for these drives to hit the shelves sometime in Q1. They should be priced at a very competitive cost per GB, and eventually will be up to 2TB capacity.

Here are the full specifications (courtesy Mushkin):

  • Phison PS3110-S10 controller
    • Quad core, 8-channel
    • 256-bit AES encryption support, Opal 2.0
    • End-to-End data path protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, SmartFlush, GuaranteedFlush
  • SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
  • Top-tier performance specifications
  • TRIM/SMART support (OS/driver support required)
  • DEVSLP support for ultra-low power consumption
  • 120 bit per 2KB ECC strength
  • High-speed MLC NAND
  • 2.5” 7mm form factor
  • User-upgradeable firmware
STRIKER Solid State Drive at CES 2015
STRIKER Solid State Drive at CES 2015

Scorpion XC Series Solid State Drive

This PCIe solution has already been released with two cards, but with some connector changes, Mushkin has a new version that can house up to four cards. The standard configuration will allow up to 2TB, with 4TB being possible with a different controller. The Scorpion XC will fall somewhere in the $0.50 per GB range.

Hyperion Solid State Drive at CES 2015
Scorpion XC Solid State Drive at CES 2015

Hyperion M.2 Solid State Drive

Next up, we had a look at a prototype PCIe M.2 drive based on a PS5007 controller, which was hidden below a sticker. Mushkin was not able to show us the controller just yet, as it’s not quite ready for release. The most impressive stat had to be the 300,000 IOPS.

Hyperion M.2 Solid State Drive at CES 2015
Hyperion M.2 Solid State Drive at CES 2015

Last but certainly not least, Mushkin showed us their new DDR4 Ridgeback prototype. These kits will be available at speeds up to 3333 MHz. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to check these out!

Ridgeback DDR4 at CES 2015
Ridgeback DDR4 at CES 2015

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Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner

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Looking forward to that Scorpion XC, that's a killer $/GB for PCIe!

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I wonder if the M.2 cards support PCIe. From The Book of Knowledge I read

The M.2 specification provides four PCI Express lanes and one SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s) port, exposed through the same connector, allowing use of both PCI Express and SATA storage devices in form of M.2 cards

but I didn't read on to see if that is required or just possible.

The reason I ask is that I recently bought a half TB SSD and was astounded by the size:
My first thought was that this has to be the way of the future for laptops (and servers?) where space is at a premium. However if PCIe cards are available in a similar form factor and price, they might fill that niche.

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Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner

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In SFF laptops and such (think ultrabook) they actually solder the SSD to the mainboard to save even MORE space

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i don't need blazing speed from a single drive. Give me a RAID and some nice slow-ish enterprise SSDs with their 1 data error in 10^17 bit reads.

That said, I recently purchased a mSATA M550, for my laptop (my desktop gets the good, albeit slow, stuff), and when I saw how small the thing was, and though just how fast and large the storage was, my mind was blown. I know many people here are older than I am, but I build my first computer about 13 years ago and my first hard drives were a quad of 80GB PATA HDDs. Those four drives in a RAID0 (because I was young and stupid) might have had a top speed of 200MBps -- MAYBE -- and they held about as much data as the tiny thing in my palm.

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