Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB SSD Single & RAID Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 22, 2010
Product Name: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB SSD
Part Number: MKNSSDCL40GB-DX
Warranty: 3 yr.
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XP Start Up

When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. While all the other tests were run with a streamlined XP image this particular image is the test bed's “day to day” OS and it has accumulated a lot of crud over the months from installs and removals. We chose the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line as it is the last program to be loaded on start up.

Adobe CS3 Load Times

Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, but when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit faired in the Adobe crucible.

The results of our Adobe test really do sum up this drive nicely. For the first time ever a “budget” device is just as fast as the previous generation's FLAGSHIP model. To really put that in perspective merely 14months ago the Vertex 120 was selling for about FOUR times the cost of the Callisto Deluxe.

It seems the RIAD 0 latency "chickens" are coming home to roost. Two of these bad boys may indeed allow the RAID 0 array to cut a full two seconds off its Adobe Photoshop load time, but this is still SLOWER than what a single 120GB model can do. Since both cost and storage capabilities are also not mitigating factors for going RAID 0 over a single 120GB drive, there really is not much reason to opt for two of these versus one 120Gb drive....besides "bragging rights".

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