Wednesday, January 8th 2020

Mushkin at CES 2020: EON and EON Pro NVMe SSDs, Source Q SSD, CarbonX External SSD, and Blackline RGB Memory

Mushkin at CES 2020 showcased their latest products, both in the storage or random access memory space. Starting with the NVMe products, the EON NVMe SSD will be available in capacities starting at 500 GB through 4 TB, and make use of 3D TLC NAND paired with Silicon Motion's SM2267 controller. It's a PCIe 4.0 x4 affair in the M.2 2280 form-factor, with built-in LDPC ECC technology. The company is quoting speeds up to 4 GB/s read and up to 3 GB/s writes, with up to 400K IOPS on either case. The EON Pro upgrades both storage capacity (available in up to a whopping 16 TB density) and speeds, leveraging Silicon Motion's SM 2264 controller. Sequential reads and writes are quoted at 6.4 GB/s and 3.9 GB/s, respectively, with 700K IOPS on both scenarios.

The Source Q, on the other hand, is a 2.5" SATA SSD, and keeps the Silicon Motion trend going with the company's SM2259XT controller. It offers up to 560 MB/s reads and 515 MB/s writes, with up to 95K read IOPS and 86K write IOPS. It will only be available in 500 GB through 2 TB capacities, which goes to show how Mushkin is prioritizing demand for their NVMe drives.
Moving on to an external SSD solution, the CarbonX will be available in capacities ranging from 500 GB to 2 TB, and makes use of Silicon Motion's SM2263XT controller paired with ASMedia's ASM2362 USB controller. This combination makes the device capable of delivering up to 1020 MB/s reads and 1000 MB/s writes, via the USB 3.1 Gen 2 - Type C connection.
Moving on to Mushkin's Blackline RGB RAM, the name is pretty self-explanatory on the RGB front. It appears to have seven lighting zones, and the RGB elements are atop an aluminium heatspreader and green PCB, not black (green PCB is a rarity these days). It will be available in capacities of 8 GB through 32 GB, with dual memory modules available starting at 16 GB (2 x 8 GB). Speeds range from 3000 MHz through 4000 MHz, while CAS latencies will scale between 16 and 18.
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10 Comments on Mushkin at CES 2020: EON and EON Pro NVMe SSDs, Source Q SSD, CarbonX External SSD, and Blackline RGB Memory

#1
QUANTUMPHYSICS
I am always excited to see SSD storage in higher capacities.

My issue is, my breaking point right now is $100 per TB.

I don't wanna spend a dime more than $399 for a 4TB M.2.

4TB is perfect for gaming laptops.
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Dave65
Haven't used a Mushkin product in years.
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#3
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
QUANTUMPHYSICS
I am always excited to see SSD storage in higher capacities.

My issue is, my breaking point right now is $100 per TB.

I don't wanna spend a dime more than $399 for a 4TB M.2.

4TB is perfect for gaming laptops.
Watch this Rocket 4TB on Amazon and hope it goes down a couple of hundreds in the future.
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#4
DeathtoGnomes
Whoever references about EONs ago must be an EON Pro!


OH and the bad jokes keep on rolling. :shadedshu:
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#5
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Dave65
Haven't used a Mushkin product in years.
It’s been my go-to RAM since DDR2 days. It’s the only brand I have ever seen that will play nice in every motherboard I have put it in, despite not being on very many QVL lists.
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#6
R-T-B
I'm using a Mushkin NVMe SSD right now, albeit for an odd use case (they are one of the few to support data at rest encryption for my business).

It performs as well as any fast nvme drive based on a modern Silicon Motion Controller.
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#7
bonehead123
A gen 4 drive with 4GB/s reads and 3GB/s writes for the non-pro model..... when everyone else's drives are claiming at least 5/4.......

ummmm...why....

The SM2267 must be a bottom barrel controller, or maybe they are paring it with other crap components.... not exactly what I would expect from a brand like Mushkin, which used to have a pretty good rep as a quality brand all around.....

Also, why call that ram "blackline" and then build it on an fugggly pos-looking GREEN pcb ? ? ? f/A/i/L....
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JAB Creations
bonehead123
A gen 4 drive with 4GB/s reads and 3GB/s writes for the non-pro model..... when everyone else's drives are claiming at least 5/4.......
FINALLY a 4TB NVMe drive! I'll easily take the higher capacity at lower transfer speeds! This will naturally encourage other manufacturers to release 4TB NVMe drives and the speed will follow.

Have you ever booted or loaded from an NVMe drive? There is no noticeable difference from a SATA SSD. Sure, transferring files or maybe doing video editing though most people in most cases won't notice. I'm not aware of anyone else (including Samsung, at least at this point) who has bothered to release a 4TB NVMe SSD.
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bonehead123
JAB Creations
FINALLY a 4TB NVMe drive! I'll easily take the higher capacity at lower transfer speeds! This will naturally encourage other manufacturers to release 4TB NVMe drives and the speed will follow.

Have you ever booted or loaded from an NVMe drive? There is no noticeable difference from a SATA SSD. Sure, transferring files or maybe doing video editing though most people in most cases won't notice. I'm not aware of anyone else (including Samsung, at least at this point) who has bothered to release a 4TB NVMe SSD.
Yes, hopefully your 1st point will come true, hopefully sooner than later :D

On your 2nd point, I have been booting all of my rigs (4) from NVME drives since they became available, and FOR ME, YES, I could tell the difference immediately, from the moment I hit the power button all they way through my daily grind of a heavy multi-tasking workload.....but as with most things, YMMV......
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JAB Creations
bonehead123
Yes, hopefully your 1st point will come true, hopefully sooner than later :D

On your 2nd point, I have been booting all of my rigs (4) from NVME drives since they became available, and FOR ME, YES, I could tell the difference immediately, from the moment I hit the power button all they way through my daily grind of a heavy multi-tasking workload.....but as with most things, YMMV......
Thanks I hope so too!

The NVMe boot experience was actually on a client's 1700X build I did a couple years ago. I'm actually trying to cut down on my SATA count (currently 10!) this year and will ues all three NVMe ports on my motherboard. Maybe I'll notice a difference while I'm using it on my own rig.

I'd really like to see some decent 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 NVMe drives. I've been on 1TB SSDs for a while and I'm not going to replace 1TB drives with more 1TB drives. I don't need 4TB, at least not for a good while and I segregate my data in a fashion that it'll be a while.
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