|Mushkin Callisto Deluxe Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 01 February 2011|
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Closer Look: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe
SSDs are catching on quickly because they work equally well in PC, Linux, or Apple Mac computers. For this article Benchmark Reviews is testing the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD, which is expected to reach speeds of 285 MB/s for sequential reads and 275 MB/s sequential writes. The MKNSSDCL60GB-DX model we're testing is built using the SandForce SF-1222 controller with 7% over-provisioning, which means that 60GB out of 64GB NAND flash contained in this SSD are allocated for data use. The Mushkin Callisto Deluxe comes in 40/60/90/120/180/240GB capacities.
The Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD is best suited for performance-orientated notebook computers, and also works extremely well for enthusiast-level desktop computer systems. If required, the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe could also be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data server systems. SandForce SF-1200 series SSDs have been designed with a focus on high-performance operational and data transfer speeds, and includes encrypted data protection and improved NAND wear-leveling through their proprietary DuraWrite technology. Although Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSDs do not offer an integrated USB Mini-B port, which appeared on some early-generation SSDs, the retail market offers several 2.5" SATA enclosures that utilize the SuperSpeed USB-3.0 standard for high-performance portable file transfers.
Knowing that the SSD will be installed and hidden away inside a notebook computer or desktop workstation, Mushkin has remained conservative with the looks of their Callisto Deluxe solid state drive. Both halves of the enclosure are given a black textured finish, which does not show fingerprints or smudges like a gloss surface would.
Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD chassis, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook and other compact computer system. Packaged with a 3.5" into 2.5" tray adapter, the Callisto Deluxe SSD easily installs into desktop computers as well. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes I was booting from a restored Windows 7 System Image without a hitch.
Unlike most Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSDs are nearly impervious to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures Mushkin utilizes a standard two-piece metal enclosure for their Callisto SSD series, which reveals the internal components after removing four small counter-sunk Allen-head screws located at the bottom of this SSD. The seam along the side is covered with a 'Warranty Void' label, which Mushkin attaches to across both pieces of the chassis to warn consumers against taking apart their SSDs. By removing the enclosure cover it will also remove your consumer protection with it, but Benchmark Reviews takes the risk for you and reveals the internal components in our next section.
So that's the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD. It's not very different in outward appearance to most other solid state drives, which is why functionality and value are so important. Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of this SSD, it's time to peek inside the metal enclosure and inspect the internal components...