Mushkin refreshes its SSD lineup, including 2 TB Pilot-E

It's been quite some time since we had a Mushkin SSD laid bare on our testbench, but the company hasn't been sitting on its laurels since we gave the Reactor 1 TB our hearty recommendation. At CES this year, the company had a whole arsenal of drives on display.

Let's start with the low end. The Source 2, as you might expect, is a new and improved version of Mushkin's Source SSD, which was the company's first 3D TLC drive. The Source 2 makes the upgrade to Micron's latest 96-layer 3D TLC flash and Silicon Motion's SM2258XT controller, but it's still a budget-oriented, DRAM-less drive. The Source 2 will be available in capacities as small as 120 GB and as large as 1 TB, with the quickest versions hitting 560 MB/s sequential reads and 520 MB/s sequential writes. Random reads clock up to 78K IOps, and random writes up to 81K. Not very groundbreaking, perhaps, but the world needs entry-level SATA SSDs.

Next up are a pair of PCIe x4, NVMe drives: the Helix-L and Pilot-E. Early versions of these M.2 gumsticks were spotted last year at CES, but it seems the two have reached their final forms, and launch is nigh. The Helix-L is sort of a gussied-up Source 2, similarly packing 96-layer 3D NAND and omitting a DRAM cache. Silicon Motion's SM2263XT runs the show. It will come in 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB versions, the largest of which will stretch to 1710 MB/s sequential reads and 1500 MB/s sequential writes. On the random side, reads will peak at 235K IOps and writes at 272K IOps.

The Pilot-E is the most exciting of Mushkin's internal drives, without question. It's essentially the same as the existing Pilot drive, but upgraded to Silicon Motion's SM2262EN from the SM2262. On paper, the old Pilot was similar to Adata's excellent XPG SX8200, so releasing an upgraded follow-up is just fine in our book. The top-end Pilot-E will be a whopping 2 TB unit that reaches sequential read speeds of 3300 MB/s and write speeds of 2480 MB/s. Random reads will scale up 369K IOps, with writes going just a bit further to 377K IOps.

Finally, Mushkin brought a duo of detachable data devices, the Carbon X100 and Carbon Z100 external SSDs. The company didn't share exact specs with us, but the X100 is a USB 3.1 Gen2 SSD that will allegedly deliver symmetric 1000 MB/s sequential read and write rates. The Z100 is an aluminum-clad, Thunderbolt 3 affair that promises to be even faster. From what we've seen other companies produce in terms of high-speed external SSDs, we wouldn't be surprised to find out that the X100 and Z100 are just Helix-L and Pilot-E drives strapped to bridge controllers and tucked away into enclosures. Stay tuned for launch dates and target prices as we get our hands on them.

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    • ronch
    • 9 months ago

    I think they could’ve chosen a nicer-looking helix for that M.2 drive. Kinda reminds me of those dark horror movies.

    • Generic
    • 9 months ago

    Clicked for 2TB SSD pricing, and was instead assaulted with r/iamverysmart and the largest over/under swath of votes I’ve ever seen.

    Chuckula not the instigator… Madness. 🙂

    • Krogoth
    • 9 months ago

    Unintentional troll is successful.

      • drfish
      • 9 months ago

      This is why we can’t have [s<]nice things[/s<] weekend posts!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 months ago

      Unintentional?

      • greenmystik
      • 9 months ago

      I will say that he was 100% intentional. Why else post something so antagonistic?

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 9 months ago

    I can’t believe I missed these posts with iq100. His name is perfect to describe his posts.

    (I will explain the irony to @iq100 if you aren’t too afraid to ask.)

      • willmore
      • 9 months ago

      Is that still the median value? That’s depressing.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 9 months ago

        it’s the median value by definition, it’s calculated from the results of the tests

          • willmore
          • 9 months ago

          It was at the time the test was standardized, but my understanding is that the population distribution has changed since then which had the effect of increasing the median value.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 9 months ago

            it increases the median value but then that median value becomes the new 100. It’s by design.

            • willmore
            • 9 months ago

            Only when they periodically revise the tests. I hadn’t been aware of a revision of the baseline for the standard tests. Srsly_Bro’s link to the Flynn Effect covered it nicely if you’re curious.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        It’s always the median value, BUT recently it was adjusted down because the average score was increasing over 100. It’s not all bad news!

          • willmore
          • 9 months ago

          Okay, that’s good news, then. Are we dating the Stanford-Binet results now? Hmm, does this mean I now have a lower score because the population mean has increased? Bummer. Maybe it’s not all good news. 🙂

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 9 months ago

            Check this link for more info, bro. It’s pretty interesting stuff.

            [url<]https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect[/url<] And to answer your question, yes.

            • willmore
            • 9 months ago

            Oh, good link, thanks!

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 months ago

          Myne iz 6

            • Wonders
            • 9 months ago

            Underrated comment.

      • plonk420
      • 9 months ago

      seems they don’t want to have fun reading, even if it is something remotely technical.

      the few things that keep me reading as i so rarely do are Gaiman and Stephenson who seem to often play with their language. i’ve also noticed similar playfulness in the computer world (slightly) with some JonnyGuru reviews.

      not sure where i was going, but in the end, it keeps this tech stuff from becoming a dry analysis like the Guar Gum book my mom edited back back in uni

      • roncat
      • 9 months ago

      …and 100 shall be the count… nigh 98, nigh 99, and 101 is right out…

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        no, thats nigh-d-eight nigh-d-nighn……

    • willmore
    • 9 months ago

    Tony, good work on the article!

    • iq100
    • 9 months ago

    Tony Thomas wrote>”… launch is nigh …”

    WTF is ‘nigh’.
    Ok, Googling shows it means ‘near’.

    Why not use ‘near’ Mr. Tomas?
    Please write>”… launch is near …”
    I come to The Tech Report to read about technical information.
    Save your obtuse literary references to you literary ambitions.
    PLEASE!
    Join a creative writing group, if you must. Write elsewhere.

      • DancinJack
      • 9 months ago

      here’s a -1 for you, mate

      your impending down-vote-pocalypse is nigh

        • Redocbew
        • 9 months ago

        DancinJack can see the future!

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        Oh no! Now you’ve introduced another word… 😉

          • Redocbew
          • 9 months ago

          So, you think the introduction of a new meme is nigh?

        • freebird
        • 9 months ago

        This guy is smashing all of Chuckula’s record-breaking down-vote comments. Hell has frozen over…

        But such a simple comment shouldn’t be allowed to steal the down-vote record!

        MUST UP-VOTE it… ;D

        (Actually, it’s too late, I already down-voted it.)

        • morphine
        • 9 months ago

        Did you join a creative writing group?

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 9 months ago

      Maybe you should read books more often. ‘Nigh’ is a perfectly valid word to use in this case for educated adults.

        • iq100
        • 9 months ago

        Valid, yes. As my Googling referenced post mentioned .. duh.
        The point is: IMHO, most here would NOT recognize the meaning of ‘nigh’ here. Want to create a poll or quiz?

        Frankly, I HATE tech writers who do not understand that SIMPLICITY is valued by tech readers. Save you literary ambitions for elsewhere. Maybe you need to change jobs?

        Your only response, to save your job is: “I apologize. Will try to embrace simplicity in the future”.

          • sreams
          • 9 months ago

          I don’t read a lot of books these days, and I’ve never read one that has this word in it as far as I know… and even I know what “nigh” means.

            • UberGerbil
            • 9 months ago

            “The End is Nigh” is what would’ve been called a meme back when the Bible and Shakespeare were the source of them all. The phrase is still well-known enough that there’s a game on Steam called that, and widespread enough that wikipedia has a disambiguation page for it.

            • iq100
            • 9 months ago

            UberGerbil wrote>””The End is Nigh” is what would’ve been called a meme back when the Bible and Shakespeare were the source of them all.”

            Excellent information. Wonder if they had computers back them? Maybe a “Tech Report”?
            LOL

            I encourage Tony Thomas to leverage the 21st century. Science. Occam’s Razor principle. Simplicity. More is LESS.

            • Shobai
            • 9 months ago

            Hold up!

            Even if you had a point, you’re going to reference a 14th century philosopher (that’d be William of Ockham, in case you were wondering) to suggest that the writer utilises 21st century writing principles?

            This’d be a fine time to concede your own ignorance, and learn from it.

            • iq100
            • 9 months ago

            Shobai,
            שוב ישב שבת שבה

            • Chrispy_
            • 9 months ago

            Hebrew seems far too old for your standards!

            Try Esperanto; it’s a launguage that has only been around for 130 years so it shouldn’t have any words that are so old you are personally offended by their use.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 9 months ago

            Or called an idiom which has been around and still is used.

            “Better late then never” is a phrase that is an idiom, just like “the end is nigh.”

            A meme has more a contextually derived meaning than an idiom.

            • MarkHughes
            • 9 months ago

            To recall all your encounters with the word is nigh on impossible. 🙂

          • MOSFET
          • 9 months ago

          Simplicity is valued by tech readers? That’s the first I’ve heard of that.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 9 months ago

          If you had to Google it, your IQ is probably not 100. Yes I know they’re not related. I also know you’re a moron. 🙂

        • iq100
        • 9 months ago

        Usacomp2k3, You must be an a friend of Tony Thomas? Maybe a sycophant?

          • DancinJack
          • 9 months ago

          Not quite sure to whom you’re referring as you replied to him twice, but it doesn’t really matter.

          Nigh is not an uncommon word. Maybe English isn’t your first language? That would explain it.

            • maxxcool
            • 9 months ago

            Na kid seems a bit wet behind the ears still is all. The upcoming generation’s lingual scopes are dictated by Kardashians, Twitter and region of upbringing.

          • moriz
          • 9 months ago

          > complains about “nigh” being too highbrow

          > uses “sycophant”

          maybe [b<]you[/b<] should join a creative writing group, and go write elsewhere?

          • drfish
          • 9 months ago

          A lot of us are friends, many of us have been hanging out together here on TR for 15+ years. I’ve personally met a lot of folks around here, including Usacomp2k3. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better group of folks, especially online.

          Here’s something to consider, whether or not we’re all friends, a clear majority of random people on the internet disagree with your opinion. Who cares? 🙂

          I’m going to echo the first reply someone ever gave you on the TR forums:
          [quote<]PS, welcome to TR. I'm glad that you registered to ask your questions. I'm happy that you find this site a useful resource, as many of us do. I hope you stick around 8) -Usacomp2k3 8/30/07[/quote<]

        • cphite
        • 9 months ago

        Yissiree… we reeders uh this here teck reeport ain’t got no use fer dem fancy wurds… Bess ta keep yer wurds small n eezy like, ain’t none here got tahm ta be Googlin’ new wurds when the old uns wurk better anyhow.

        Any u all dissugree you kin take yer book lernin someplace else.

      • Wirko
      • 9 months ago

      I don’t understand ‘gussied-up’ but why should that be a reason to complain? I’m glad to stumble upon a new English word occasionally, it reminds me there are still things to learn.

      Another point: ‘nigh’ is a word that’s about as common as ‘purportedly’, and TR members see it as a very bad sign if ‘purportedly’ goes missing for a couple weeks.

        • iq100
        • 9 months ago

        DancinJack, I was referring to DancinJack’s post stating: “Maybe you should read books more often.”.

        Actually I am well read, and a published author. I believe modern science and technology should try to make things as simple as possible.

        If you like creative writing, you can read the comments in my “It Occurs To Me” blog:
        [url<]http://www.tinyurl.com/ItOccursToMe[/url<]

          • Kraft75
          • 9 months ago

          You’re well read and a published author, and you needed to google nigh?

          HAHA/nelson

          • cphite
          • 9 months ago

          You’re a well read published author, but you needed to look up the word “nigh” and upon finding it, decided that it was too obscure for the readers of a tech website?

          I am thinking your definitions of “well read” and “published” are quite different than most.

        • Spunjji
        • 9 months ago

        But sir, “gussied-up” is good old plain-American! Do you not speak American? 😀

      • chuckula
      • 9 months ago

      Can we at least save the trolling for things that people around here care about?!?!?!

        • Wirko
        • 9 months ago

        People do care: all four top comments are now related to this 4-letter word. Which, I believe, just got listed in the ‘recommended’ section of TR’s informal style guide.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 9 months ago

          Oh, puh-leeeze.

          It’s *purportedly* been listed in the ‘recommended’ section of TR’s informal style guide.

          • Wirko
          • 9 months ago

          29 hours later it’s still the same. iq100 deserves a nice paycheck from Mushkin. TR should get a fair share, too (a couple gumsticks for an endurance test).

            • K-L-Waster
            • 9 months ago

            That could make this the most fiendishly effective shilling job in the history of tech…

      • Waco
      • 9 months ago

      Methinks you’ve stumbled upon the wrong tech site if something this simple is your roadblock.

      • chuckula
      • 9 months ago

      I’ve got a [i<]trig[/i<] retort for this [i<]coxcomb[/i<]: I proffer that TR [i<]collogue nigh[/i<] forthrightly in the pantheon of such bon mots as [i<]purportedly[/i<]! [url<]https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/archaic-words/[/url<]

      • crimsontape
      • 9 months ago

      Dude, you’re on a rant about the use of “nigh” in a tech news bit about SSDs. As a self-admitted reader and author/publisher or whatever, I’d think you might have a love of words that would have won over a chance misapplication of a 4-letter word. Chill out, man. Take two seconds, breathe, and take a look at yourself. Why would you discourage someone from being expressive in such a minute way? Heck, I didn’t even notice it.

      Yeesh….

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        He’s a self-admitted “story teller” because nobody believes him.

      • Redocbew
      • 9 months ago

      I do declare that you are a small fragment of wood embedded in diatomaceous earth saturated with dihydrogen monoxide. This is a state up with which I cannot put.

      • excession
      • 9 months ago

      You… must be new around here.

      • uni-mitation
      • 9 months ago

      [quote<] Save your obtuse literary references to you literary ambitions. [/quote<] Wait, what does obtuse means? Using your own pedantic petard against you, I will tell you that is the wrong adjective to use. Obtuse, by all generally grammatical definitions, means the opposite of "acute", of something being blunt, or not being a quick study. Instead, the correct adjective to use would be "erudite" as in: "Save your erudite literary references to your literary ambitions." Since this post has betrayed you for who you are. This little thing is called being "hoisted by your own petard", courtesy of a bard named Shakespeare. uni-mitation

      • stdRaichu
      • 9 months ago

      Tech Report oldspeak unbellyfeel goodthink. Malquoted doubleplus near.

        • Spunjji
        • 9 months ago

        +1 for you

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      With all these downvotes I was sure you must have said something critical of AMD…

        • simbant
        • 9 months ago

        or Intel or Nvidia… or (add your own )

          • NTMBK
          • 9 months ago

          VOODOO 4 LIFE

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 9 months ago

      Trot along, will ya.

      • DPete27
      • 9 months ago

      Isn’t it great! We come for tech journalism, we get the bonus of expanding our vocabulary.

      • willyolioleo
      • 9 months ago

      a little too optimistic with that username of yours, aren’t you?

        • Wirko
        • 9 months ago

        I suspect he/she inserted hidden /s tags in the first post. That would put the IQ estimate between GBP/JPY exchange rate and 7 * pi * 7.

      • krazyredboy
      • 9 months ago

      This is more entertaining than Netflix, at the moment. Now, where did I put my cheese?…

      • Peter.Parker
      • 9 months ago

      It’s so typical of mediocre people to get frustrated when other people seem to show they are a little smarter than them, like using a word that is not in a “usual” vocabulary.
      Dude, if you don’t know what a certain word means, it doesn’t show anything about your intelligence, it’s just a word you don’t know. Admit you don’t know it, learn what it means, and move on with your life.
      The smart people know that nobody knows what all the words in the dictionary, so they don’t get upset when they see one that haven’t seen before. They look it up, and probably, remember it.
      What you are proposing has been done by Hollywood in the last century. I don’t know for sure, but am I willing to bet that most Hollywood movies in the last tens of years have a very small size vocabulary, you know, to make them more accessible to masses. I don’t remember when was the last time I learned a new word by watching a big ticket movie. Some independent ones creep one or two in once in a while, but that’s about it.
      If you look around everybody tweets, chats on fb, … comments online, so effectively, any person who has eyes and fingers can become a writer overnight, meanwhile, the quality of the texts is suffering more and more.
      Also, don’t get me started on music lyrics.
      You shouldn’t make the smart people get down to your level, you should strive to raise yours.
      Honestly, that’s what you get when you give medals to everybody, not just he winners, you are effectively rewarding mediocrity.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        I got that one with you guy I knew who worked at Amazon in finance. I explained photography to him with how aperture, shutter speed and ISO adjustments have direct and inverse relationships. I didn’t know how to make it any simpler without being demeaning. He was offended by the usage of big math words like I was trying to sound a big shot.

      • maxxcool
      • 9 months ago

      -96 as of this post .. NICE!

        • chuckula
        • 9 months ago

        HE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS!

        I mean, I have an entire religion out to get me in every post and I can’t do that.

        #ChuckulaIsJelly

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 9 months ago

          He has to be commended for that fine work. Best I’ve done is around -50. And a few -40s. A new guy comes in and with ease surpasses my work. I’m jealous as well.

            • Wirko
            • 9 months ago

            I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter. You might be interested in mine:
            [url<]https://techreport.com/news/29664/dell-ultrasharp-u2717d-shows-its-thin-bezels-in-public?post=963347[/url<]

        • drfish
        • 9 months ago

        Don’t ya mean nigh-ce?

          • maxxcool
          • 9 months ago

          bahahaha well played sir!

          • Redocbew
          • 9 months ago

          The post needs to be re-nigh-ced in order to receive proper priority.

            • maxxcool
            • 9 months ago

            Request De-nighed!

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 months ago

      I’m deaf and I’ve HEARD of the word! My goodness.

      • greenmystik
      • 9 months ago

      Find a real problem. Quite trying to nitpick his writing style. Since it so obviously offends you and your attitude about how ALL tech writers SHOULD write, look for his name in the byline and kindly hit the back button. Read elsewhere. You won’t be missed, we promise.

      Oh, and no, I do not know usacomp. Just in case you wanted to use that cheap retort.

      • torquer
      • 9 months ago

      lol.

      • drfish
      • 9 months ago

      iq100, if you’re still out there, everyone is having a bit of fun piling onto such a downvoted comment – but, come back, crack a joke, self-deprecate, say something insightful, or whatever and you’ll find it’s already water under the bridge. You may have to brush off a few puns, though.

      If nothing else, you’ve become an instant niche-celebrity, just look at the other loveable skamps around here that are [i<]jealous[/i<] of your accomplishment. 😉

        • torquer
        • 9 months ago

        *raises hand*

        • Redocbew
        • 9 months ago

        It’s bloody amazing, or at least nigh on it.

        • stdRaichu
        • 9 months ago

        A nigh for a nigh makes the whole world blind.

          • Mr Bill
          • 9 months ago

          An nigh opener for sure.

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        *raises hand*
        At -161 so far, Its an a-nighhilation.
        #ChuckulaJelly

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 months ago

      -144? That’s-a gross. /Mario accent

      • Wirko
      • 9 months ago

      581 upvotes in total as of now. (had to learn some libreoffice-fu)

      • superjawes
      • 9 months ago

      Based on the data I have (specifically the number of downvotes on this post), I must conclude that iq100 is in the minority here, and that most gerbils come to The Tech Report for the “obtuse literary references” mixed in with the technical information.

      • excession
      • 9 months ago

      This comment is almost as unpopular as Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Deal.

        • stdRaichu
        • 9 months ago

        iq100’s comment would need to reach -230 to be [i<]that[/i<] unpopular 😉

        • K-L-Waster
        • 9 months ago

        I guess that would mean SSDexit is nigh?

    • UberGerbil
    • 9 months ago

    The aluminum enclosures are nice to look at and I’m sure they’re fairly sturdy but I’ll be a lot more impressed if companies are actually putting TIM in there so they’re functional as passive heat sinks.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 9 months ago

      Do you need a heat sink for a SSD? Don’t they only use a fraction of a watt or something? I guess I’ve never really looked.

        • DancinJack
        • 9 months ago

        Some of the higher-performing NVMe drives can get pretty hot. The 950 Pro (and a few more) could even throttle if your case wasn’t ventilated well enough. I wouldn’t call heatsinks for these things necessary, but they can help in some cases.

          • UberGerbil
          • 9 months ago

          Yes, that was the direction of my musing. Whenever I see the NVMe gumsticks I think about that, though it’s only the higher-performant ones during intensive (and for most home users, fairly rare) workloads.

            • shaq_mobile
            • 9 months ago

            I did not know that! Thank you 🙂

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 9 months ago

          Here’s one made for my 960Pro. Maybe I’ll give it a try.
          [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817979029[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 9 months ago

      [quote<]I'll be a lot more impressed if companies are actually putting TIM in there [/quote<] We're willing to sell you several tons of that stuff in industrial-sized squeeze tubes! -- Intel

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