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On day two of CES 2023, we started out at the Mushkin suite, where we saw several exciting items. From the custom-built PC in a hardened case (to show off the new Lumina/Lumina X RAM), to the first glimpse of their PCIe 5.0 NVMe drive, there was seemingly something cool to see on every table/tv stand in the room.
The new Lumina (DDR4) and Lumina X DDR5 RAM hails from the Redline performance line. The former comes in capacities of up to 64GB and speeds up to 4133 MHz. The latter comes in speeds up to DDR5 6000 with a CL rating of 36 or 40 and capacities of up to 128GB. Mushkin updated the heat spreader and RGB feature, explaining they work more in a reverse flow on each side of the PCB, using their own hardware to enable control over five different zones. The look through the frosted diffuser was bright and saturated and would look good inside any chassis. Mushkin showed the sticks off in a custom-built, hardened plastic case that was a treat to see.
Sneak Peak at PCIe 5.0 Drive
The real winner was our first look at a PCIe 5.0 drive in the flesh. Though they don’t look any different from the previous generation, these have been mythical creatures only seen by a select few. We don’t have too much information about the Epsilon except that it comes in 2280 format and uses an unnamed Phison controller. Pricing wasn’t mentioned, but we’ll see these on the market later this year. Also pictured is the Carbon X, a new external PCIe 5.0-based hard drive, and the new Vortex LX PCIe 4.0-based NVMe SKU, as well as several existing models in varying formats, including 2.5″ SATA-based storage.
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Joe Shields (Earthdog)