Mushkin 7mm Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD Review

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One would imagine that, as the Greek God of Time, Chronos is a pretty busy guy, which is kind of ironic since this puts him into the position of not having a lot of time on his hands. Greek and Roman mythology are full of ironies, however, and that is a conversation best left for the next time we get together for a beer. Focusing particularly on Chronos, we realize that he is a deity who truly knows the meaning of the phrase “time is of the essence”, and I would have to imagine that he is always on the run. Of course, no one wants to be slowed down lugging around a large, heavy notebook computer, least of all Chronos, but the guy obviously needs to crunch some numbers so a tablet isn’t going to fill his needs. Chronos would have obviously been an early adopter of an ultrabook, but they bring their own specific set of problems. I mean, really….could you expect the Greek God of Time to be sitting around waiting for boot up with a mechanical drive?

Mushkin 7mm Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD


Current ultrabooks and thinner notebooks have gone the way of using a slimmer 7mm tall 2.5” drive to save space. Standard 2.5” drives come in at 9.5mm, so the push is on to downsize to fit into these new rigs. Naturally, mechanical drives were developed quickly, due to their storage per dollar capabilities, but there are those that are going to find the performance benefits of an SSD far more important. If you are laying out the expense for a top tier ultrabook, you are going to want top tier performance, and an SSD is going to satisfy a large part of that performance craving.

Mushkin 7mm Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD


Renowned memory manufacturer Mushkin is answering the call with the 7mm Chronos Deluxe SSD line with available capacities from 60-480GB. In this article, we will be looking at the Mushkin 7mm Chronos Deluxe 120GB MKNSSDCR120GB-DX7, which at 120GB has been the most popular recent size among consumers. While thinner, the 7mm Chronos Deluxe retains all of the features and technology that made the standard Chronos Deluxe a top performer. The 7mm Chronos Deluxe uses the SandForce 2281 controller paired with high speed synchronous MLC NAND to achieve blistering 560 MB/s read and 515 MB/s write speeds with 90,000 IOPS (4K random write, 4K aligned) using a SATA III connection. Though slim, the 7mm Chronos Deluxe still shows off shock resistance to 1500G and a temperature tolerance from 0-70° C for reliability in stressful environments. TRIM is supported and Mushkin’s data optimization keeps your drive performance like new, even through extended use. A three year limited warranty backs the 7mm Chronos Deluxe.