Mushkin’s Intro’s Their First PCI-Express M.2 Solid State Drive

The star product that Mushkin was showing off this year at CES was their Helix M.2 PCI-Express NVMe solid state drive. This drive will be the company’s first PCI-Express solid state drive. The Helix is built on the M.2 2280 form factor and is based on the SMI SM2260 controller with 3D MLC NAND flash.

As far as performance goes the Helix will offer sequential read and write speeds of 2.5 GB/s and 1.2 GB/s respectively. As well as 232K read IOPS and 185K write IOPS. The actual controller has a piece of aluminum on it, which should help with thermal throttling. Mushkin plans to release the drive in capacities starting at 250GB and will go all the way up to 1TB. The will be a 2TB drive to follow later after the initial release.

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