Sunday, January 10th 2016

Mushkin Shows Off a 500-Dollar 4 TB SSD

How to make headlines with a rather mainstream SSD controller like the Silicon Motion SM2246EN? Ask Mushkin - after unveiling a 2 TB variant of the Reactor SSD, which maxes out the NAND flash capacity limit for the SM2246EN controller, the company also showed off a prototype of its 4 TB variant, which overcomes the capacity limitation by doing a good old-fashioned multi-controller SSD subunit RAID, which is host-transparent. Your machine reads the drive as 4 TB, while internally, it's a JBOD of two 2 TB Reactor subunits.

The drive uses 3D MLC NAND flash to keep densities high. It features a standard SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and ships in a standard 7 mm-thick, 2.5-inch form-factor. The best part? Mushkin plans to sell the drive at $500, or $0.125/GB, making it an exciting game folder drive option. In addition to the Reactor duo, Mushkin unveiled a 1920 GB variant of the Striker, a performance-oriented drive based on the Phison PS3110-S10 controller, with faster MLC NAND flash chips. This drive could be pricier.
Source: TechReport
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59 Comments on Mushkin Shows Off a 500-Dollar 4 TB SSD

#1
cadaveca
My name is Dave
I'll take a 4TB SSD for $500, where do I pay?
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#2
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
I'm in for this. Where the heck do I pay?

Also is there anyway to force raid 0 as opposed to JBOD?
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#4
Kursah
"cdawall said:
I'm in for this. Where the heck do I pay?

Also is there anyway to force raid 0 as opposed to JBOD?
Would be convenient if they made access to those controls available with little effort. Either way I want one!
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#6
Solaris17
Dainty Moderator
I would literally replace all of my data drives with these if they went on sale. No Problem. The only reason I even have HDDs still is because of the high cost of dense SSDs.
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#7
Legacy-ZA
Good job Mushkin, this is what we want to see, mass SSD storage at reasonable prices, well done sticking it to the competition.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
"GhostRyder said:
Sounds like the dream!
Sounds like other company's are either doing it wrong or they are just plain ripping us off.
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#9
Hood
After seeing the Black Friday prices and holiday sales (960GB for $220), I predicted (to my brother at least) that 2016 would be the year we saw $100/TB SSDs - this is getting awfully close already, whenever it's actually released. @btarunr - $500 for 4TB comes to $.125/GB (12.5 cents per GB). When my prediction comes to pass, it will be 10 cents/GB! I paid almost that for my first 1 TB HDD in 2008!
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#10
ThE_MaD_ShOt
"cadaveca said:
I'll take a 4TB SSD for $500, where do I pay?
x3
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#11
cadaveca
My name is Dave
"ThE_MaD_ShOt said:
x3
My current game drive is a 4 TB Seagate mechanical. These would be a drop-in replacement. Can't ask for much more, at least for now. I mean, 8 TB for $500 would be nice, but given that a decent 4 TB mechanical still costs a fair bit....
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#12
Legacy-ZA
"AsRock said:
Sounds like other company's are either doing it wrong or they are just plain ripping us off.
They have been doing it for years, people just kept buying, why make it cheaper when they could keep getting away with it?
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#14
Hood
"Legacy-ZA said:
They have been doing it for years, people just kept buying, why make it cheaper when they could keep getting away with it?
Perhaps a more realistic way to look at it is that any tech commodity (such as NAND flash chips) has to go through several generations of technical advances and economies of scale (not to mention widespread consumer acceptance) before arriving at such a low price. In other words, if we hadn't bought all those earlier expensive models, SSDs would still be $2 or $3/GB...
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#15
Jetster
Pretty soon we will be talking about hard drives like they were vinyl records
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#16
TheDeeGee
I wonder why it took this long...
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#17
silentbogo
THAT is what I wanted to see. Finally we have a good replacement for mechanical HDDs, which means that in the near future 1TB models will get cheaper and I can replace my noisy 1TB Barracuda 7200.13 with inaudible piece of awesomeness.
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#18
Ferrum Master
"Jetster said:
Pretty soon we will be talking about hard drives like they were vinyl records
More like cassette tapes, vinyl is still persistent.

But yeah... I would be pleased with even more cheap 2TB drive even. My loudest thing in the case is the HDD.
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#19
AsRock
TPU addict
"Jetster said:
Pretty soon we will be talking about hard drives like they were vinyl records
Their on a come back apparently, and tell you the truth i still like Vinyl over CD any day.
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#20
atticus14
Sounds amazing but this breaks from conventional pricing so much that I'll have to see it on newegg before I believe it and I could be wrong but outside of a controller most flash should come from only several places, so either everyone has this on the way or Mushkin knows some dirty secrets on one of the suppliers lol.
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#21
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
"atticus14 said:
Sounds amazing but this breaks from conventional pricing so much that I'll have to see it on newegg before I believe
Aye this. If they actually make this and release an 1TB SSD at about €100... That would be game changing.
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#22
Gott
Good news for my new home server project.
Cant wait to scrap those old vibrating HDDs.
Only need 2TB tough, limitation of WHS2011.
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#23
hojnikb
Too bad its gonna be limited in performance (random anyway) with a crappy raid controller...

Also, pricing per gigabyte is wrong.

Btw, now @RejZoR has no excuse not to buy one :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#24
PP Mguire
Now this is good news. I want one.
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#25
GhostRyder
"AsRock said:
Sounds like other company's are either doing it wrong or they are just plain ripping us off.
Yea, I still want to see some reviews because its such a low price its kind of blowing my mind!

"cadaveca said:
My current game drive is a 4 TB Seagate mechanical. These would be a drop-in replacement. Can't ask for much more, at least for now. I mean, 8 TB for $500 would be nice, but given that a decent 4 TB mechanical still costs a fair bit....
Amen, I would love to have three of these (Or cheaper priced 2tb options with similar ratios) to put in raid 5 on my desktop!
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