This is the second drive I have reviewed that has been based off the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. The first was the Crucial BX100, and after reviewing this drive I can now see that the SM2246EN is a solid controller and I know it can handle high capacities (1TB and 512GB). Some controllers have issues with high capacities like this, but not the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller!
When it comes to performance the Mushkin Reactor was easily able to keep up with many of the high-performance drives we have tested in terms of read speeds, although the write speeds were a bit lower, they were still consistent and obviously much faster than a mechanical hard drive. In ATTO Disk Benchmark the drive scored 560 MB/s read and 462 MB/s read, which is right up there with the advertised speeds of the drive.
The only real downside to this drive is that it does not come with any extras. So there is no toolbox software, no cloning software, no 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, etc. Typically for me those things are not all that important, and there are freeware programs that can do most of that. The lack of extras enables Mushkin to keep the price of the drive down. Right now you can pick up the 512GB version of the drive for $165.99! That is $0.32 per GB! Mushkin also offers a 1TB version of the drive that is going for $365.99.
With many new games taking up anywhere from 30GB – 60GB having higher capacity solid state drives at lower costs that still have great performance is a good thing! The Mushkin Reactor is one such drive and with that we give it a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Good overall performance
– Available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions
– 3 year warranty
– No extras or accessories