PCI Express SSDs may be grabbing most of the headlines, but there are still plenty of new SATA drives at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. One of them is Mushkin's Striker, which combines MLC NAND with the same Phison PS3110-S10 controller as Corsair's Neutron Series XT. The controller is an eight-channel chip with quad CPU cores, and based on what we saw with the Neutron, it's a decent all-around performer.
Mushkin claims the Striker hits sequential speeds of 565MB/s with reads and 550MB/s with writes. Random I/O rates go up to 90,000 IOps, though the firm isn't specific about whether that figure refers to inbound or outbound data. The press release announcing the drive doesn't divulge the endurance rating or warranty length, either.
As one might expect, the Striker comes in a standard 2.5" form factor. Capacities range from 240-960GB. The drive supports 256-bit AES encryption and the TCG Opal 2.0 spec, but there's no mention of the IEEE-1667 standard, which is required for compatibility with Microsoft's eDrive system.
Expect to see the Striker on virtual shelves in the first quarter of the year. We don't have pricing information, but odds are the drive won't be too expensive. The Neutron XT is around $0.56/GB, and that's with a five-year warranty and 124TB endurance spec.
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