The information about the new Mushkin SSDs is already in the market. The new Mushkin SSD designs will be Helix drives and will use 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The Silicon Motion controller SM2260 is an additional feature of these SSDs which is a rare quality in today’s brands. The M.2 SSDs of this release are particularly focused to the premium devices and promise improved endurance and performance.
The Helix family of SSDs offered by Mushkin includes different versions and performance levels. The various benchmark specifications of different models define the classes of the drive. The drive has a M.2-2280 finish factor and are compatible with the PCIe 3.0 x 4 interface. The performance benchmarks defined by the initial introduction of the Helix family of SSDs is impressive enough. The sequential read performance of the SSD is 2.5 GB/s while the write performance of the SSD is up to 1.1 GB/s. The initial offers of the Helix family SSDs of Mushkin will supposedly range from the 250 GB to 1 TB storage capacity.
Other than the read and write performance of the Helix SSDs, the random control offer and the pseudo-SLC caching is also good. The information provided by Mushkin states that the drives can give a read/write IOPS of 232K/185K 4 KB which is far better than the capability of the SM2260 design of Silicon Motion offering 120K/240K. The performance benchmarks stated by Mushkin are although on the top extreme and we can expect a performance of the same or less speed in our actual experience.
The important thing which has been noticed from the pre-production version of Helix SSDs is that the design of Helix SSD resembles the typical M.2 PCIe SSD design but it has not heat spreader. The very outcome of not having the heat spreader will be a negative effect on the extra cooling capability. The reliability and enduring stature of Mushkin also not very much competitive compare to the other offers in the market.