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Mushkin Enhanced Catalyst MKNSSDCT50GB 2.5" 50GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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General

Brand
Mushkin Enhanced
Series
Catalyst
Model
MKNSSDCT50GB
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
50GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
SATA III
Controller
SandForce

Performance

Max Sequential Read
Up to 525 MB/s
Max Sequential Write
Up to 495 MB/s
4KB Random Write
Up to 85,000 IOPS
MTBF
2,000,000 hours

Features

Features
SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor with unthrottled - IOPS firmware

SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)

RAID support

TRIM support (OS/driver support required)

S.M.A.R.T. support

Includes DataPlex software

3.5" desktop adapter bracket included

User-upgradeable firmware

RoHS, FCC, CE

Environmental

Max Shock Resistance
1500G

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  • 12/31/2012 6:36:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood SSD

Pros: This drive has given new life to an older computer that I have maxed out. Speed is good.

Cons: none

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  • Tony
  • 11/30/2012 4:12:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cache SSD

Pros: It does exactly what it says it does: cache your primary hard drive at SSD speed.
-Install it and forget it.
-Games load in 1/3 the time.
-Programs launch as fast as you can click on them.
-It caches writes, not just reads.
-Way cheaper than a 1 or 2 TB SSD.
-Great inexpensive upgrade for an older machine.

Cons: No major cons, but a few nitpicky details:
-For some reason everything but my boot and shutdown times seems faster. That's not really a con for me, though, because I never shut down unless I have to.
-The Dataplex software has absolutely no user interface.
-Mushkin recommends updating the drive's firmware but after installing the Dataplex software, the drive is hidden from Windows. You have to uninstall the software to update the firmware or update it before installing.
-3.5" mounting bracket will probably work for most cases but it wouldn't work with my Antec P182. The bracket is too short for the bottom vertical hard drive bays and lacks the bottom screw holes for the upper horizontal bays. I had to use the bracket from an Intel SSD to mount it.
-No Windows 8 support yet. I'm not running it but it may matter to some people.
-The limitations that a few people have noted probably won't be a problem for 99% of the people buying one of these drives.

Other Thoughts: I'm only seeing about 275 MBps read and write speed, but it looks like my SATA-II controller is the bottleneck, not the drive itself. It's still easily 3x faster than the 1 TB Seagate Baracuda it's caching. I didn't want to sink a ton of money into my 6 year old Core 2 Quad build, but this breathed new life into it.

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  • 10/24/2012 9:05:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI was let down

Pros: Well, it's a 100gb SSD for pretty cheap

Cons: As other reviewer has said, it has some pretty severe limitations. It's meant for use as a cache SSD.
On an unrelated note, product was DOA when I received it.

Other Thoughts: I should have put more research into this SSD before I made my purchase, but that's more my fault than Newegg's or Mushkin's.

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  • VulcanTourist
  • 10/22/2012 4:58:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDataplex software has "Limitations" you should know about

Pros: - inexpensive
- promises moderate gain in storage performance without
the extra cost or installation hassle of a typical SSD
- Mushkin products generally good quality, reliable

Cons: Bundled Nvelo Dataplex software that is really the whole point of the product has some showstopping "limitations" that Nvelo seems to be trying pretty hard to keep under wraps. It's incompatible with any motherboard that uses nVidia chipsets, most notably. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that many of the people who have experienced severe problems with Dataplex and subsequently written negative reviews and comments about the products that use it had actually been affected by one of these limitations. For my part I discovered that limitation above in time to ask for a refund.

Other Thoughts: Here are the "limitations" as found at Nvelo's web site, on a page (http://www.nvelo.com/dataplex-download/mushkin/Limitations.php) that is merely hyperlinked on a page prior to download and not even explicitly displayed to someone downloading the software:

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Dataplex Limitations

===============================================
Please note the following limitations before installing Dataplex
===============================================

1. The target drive must be the primary boot drive. Caching of a
secondary drive is not supported.
2. Only MBR (Master Boot Record) partitions are supported.
GPT (GUID Partition Table) partitions are not supported.
3. The Windows Reserved System Partition (100MB partition) must be
on the same HDD as the Windows installation (C:\Windows folder)
4. Multiple OSes are not supported.
5. There is no support for target drives > 2TB in capacity.
6. Only one cache drive is supported in a system.
7. There cannot be two identical SSDs in the system, one of which
is to be used as cache.
8. There is no support for RAID sets as the cache drive.
9. If after uninstallation of Dataplex, the system is restored to a
prior state in which Dataplex was installed, Dataplex will be
started in a disabled state.
10. The following configuration(s) are not supported:
- NVIDIA storage controllers

===============================================
DISCLAIMER: NVELO may make changes to specification and product
descriptions at any time, without notice.

(c) 2012 NVELO, Inc. All rights reserved. www.nvelo.com
===============================================

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  • Dan
  • 8/28/2012 3:49:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWOAH! FASTEST SSD

Pros: Hey I did purchase two of these for a raid 0 on Win 8, Installed Win 8 in five minutes' scored 1598 on AS SSD Benchmark v1.6.4237.30508.I love it and I know 119.00 little pricey for 100GB, Remember that phrase ya get what your dollar pays.

Cons: 0

Other Thoughts: I did purchase two of the deluxe enhance version a while back 128GB @ 199.00 a pop.

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