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Our Intel SSD 520 review was supposed to be the last in a series of reports about solid state drives based on second-generation SandForce controllers. Numerous tests had convinced us that the performance of different modifications of SandForce-based SSDs is determined by their flash memory type. Intel’s SSD featured optimized firmware but couldn’t show anything special in our tests, either. So, it looks like we can’t expect anything sensational from the SandForce realm until the next generation of controllers. We doubt that some SSD maker can deliver something very special under the SandForce Driven program.

Still, we can’t avoid testing SandForce-based SSDs. They are highly popular and their makers keep on sending their samples for us to test. Moreover, such an SSD can stand out among its competitors with its accessories, attractive price or warranty terms, even though its performance is predictable. That’s why we will continue our reviews of this large SSD family. Today we are going to tell you about two products from Mushkin Enhanced: Chronos and Chronos deluxe.

A respectable maker of overclocker-friendly memory from the United States, Mushkin Enhanced has never been aggressive in its marketing, so its brand is largely known only to enthusiasts and geeks. It’s not easy to win this target audience, but Mushkin has succeeded. Its products have always been high quality and its tech support, up to the mark.

Following many other manufacturers of premium memory modules, Mushkin has recently taken an interest in solid state drives. The company collaborates with SandForce, which is now a division of LSI, and receives from it a full package of technologies necessary for mass production of SSDs. As a result, Mushkin Enhanced now offers conventional SSDs which appeal to the user with their attractive pricing and reputable brand.

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