Mushkin's 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD Starts Shipping in the U.S. - HotHardware
Mushkin's 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD Starts Shipping in the U.S.

Mushkin's 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD Starts Shipping in the U.S.

Like many memory makers, Mushkin is heavily focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, having previously launched its enterprise-friendly ProSpec SSD family at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Without skipping a beat, Mushkin today announced the U.S. availability of its capacious 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD.

It's only available in the U.S. and through Newegg.com, where it's selling for $500. Worldwide availability is scheduled for the end of November, Mushkin says.

Mushkin Atlas SSD

The 480GB Atlas sports a SandForce SF-2281 controller with unthrottled IOPS. It has a SATA 6Gbps interface and features read and write speeds of up to 540MB/s and 425MB/s, respectively. Other highlights include TRIM support, S.M.A.R.T. support, built-in BCH ECC, and NCQ support.

This is an mSATA (or mini-SATA) drive, which means it's much smaller than your typical SSD. The connector resembles a PCI Express Mini Card interface and is intended for embedded applications, such as you might find in small form factor (SFF) PCs and systems like Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) PC.
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Unless I'm missing it, the market for these things is about as niche as it gets. I have friends who have motherboards with an mSATA port but just have no interest in using it. I could see its use in something like the NUC though, but it'd be humorous to go with a storage solution that costs as much as the NUC itself.

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It's fairly niche in aftermarket circles, but mSATA is becoming more common in devices like Ultrabooks and all these SFF PCs that are coming out.

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Any use for these in laptops? I got a smaller 128gb SSD in my laptop now and it's just not enough. A buddy of mine was telling me you can remove the optical drive and replace it with a 2nd hdd bay. So anyhow, I was thinking, with these being smaller, maybe they could squeeze 2 or even 3 inside a standard sized 15.6" laptop?

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From the photo I notice the markings on the NAND memory is missing.

One of the best things about previous Mushkin Atlas mSATA SSDs was the use of Toshiba Toggle NAND memory.

Rumor has it that Mushkin has switched from the Toshible Toggle NAND to Micron Asynchronous NAND.

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$442.75 at this store. (Not Newegg)

 

Also,....if I had an mSATA port on a motherboard, I would use it. No doubt in my mind.

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