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The Chronos and Chronos deluxe SSDs from Mushkin Enhanced that we’ve just tested seem to be typical representatives of the second-generation SandForce platform. The Chronos deluxe is positioned as a high-performance solution as it uses 32nm flash memory from Toshiba with Toggle Mode DDR interface. The Chronos is a slower variant (if we can apply the word slow to modern SSDs) and uses asynchronous NAND flash.

The SSDs from Mushkin Enhanced hardly differ from other products in their speed characteristics. Many other brands offer similar SSDs with the same controllers, memory and firmware. However, there is one special advantage that the Mushkin solutions have. Both the Chronos and the Chronos deluxe turn out to be among the most affordable SSDs in their respective categories. The 240GB Chronos is very close to the psychological barrier of $1 per gigabyte. The Chronos deluxe is good in this respect, too. It can be found selling at a cheaper price than some SandForce-based SSDs with synchronous ONFI flash and lower performance!

So, if you don’t have any prejudice against SandForce technologies, these Mushkin SSDs can make a good buy, especially as Mushkin is a reputable American firm with high-quality tech support. The fast and attractively priced Mushkin Enhanced Chronos deluxe deserves our Recommended Buy award:

Summing up our tests of SandForce-based SSDs, we put the results into a single table where all the products are sorted in groups with the same performance. Our experience suggests that there are four such groups that differ greatly from each other. Within each group, however, SSDs are very close to each other in performance.


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