Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Review



Like most Solid State Drives on the market today, it must be said that the difference between the Callisto and a conventional mechanical drive truly is of night and day. Then again, one would expect that. To be more fair, how did it fair as a SSD?

Our testing generally seemed to suggest that the manufacturer claims of 285MB/s and 275MB/s for Read and Write respectively were a little too optimistic. With synthetic performance sitting around the 210MB/s mark and real world performance a little lower than that, the Callisto 120GB's performance is very much on par with drives such as the Corsair Nova. From that perspective, the drive is certainly not ground breaking but is still a valid alternative to other existing drives.

Price. Right now, the drive in question is not available for purchase in the UK. Mushkin's own website states an MSRP of $369 with american and european retailers selling it for the equivalent of ~£275 inc VAT. AT this price there are a number of drives to choose from, including the speed reading Crucial C300 128GB and the Corsair Nova that we pitched the drive against. While the Mushkin wasn't the fastest kid in class in terms of read performance, it often proved it's Write performance to be very competitive. To us, the product appears well rounded and without doubt, a worthy upgrade from just about any single Hard Disk Drive. Excellent work Mushkin. 

The Good
- Competitive Read/Write Performance
- TRIM Support

The Mediocre
- While competitive, Read/Write Targets were not met.

The Bad
- None 

Thanks to Mushkin for the sample on test today, you can discuss our findings in the forums.

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Most Recent Comments

25-06-2010, 08:28:55

Great technology, but even after all the time these have been out i still cannot justify the inherant massive cost for these. Im going to wait untill they drop below the £200 threshold before i get a SSD of comprable features.Quote

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