Mushkin, a company best known for its high end memory products, has recently released a series of Callisto SSDs in capacities of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB, all featuring the SandForce SF-1200 controller.  Overclockers Club has carried out a review of the 120GB model.

Just like what the drive capacities suggest, Mushkin’s three Callisto SSDs feature the recent SandForce firmware revision 3.0.9, which reduces over-provisioning of the drive from 28GB to 8GB, giving 20% additional user capacity over SSDs using the firmware revision 3.0.5.  Obviously this reduces the available spare space for wear-levelling, but this does not matter for the average consumer.

In the Overclockers Club review, they take carry out a wide range of synthetic tests on the drive including HD Tune 3.5, HD Tach, SiSoft Sandra, Crystal Disk Mark, ATTO, AS SSD, IOMeter and PCMark Vantage.  Their final page looks at a quick real-world test involing booting and shutting down a Windows 7 installation on the SSD.  These results are compared against four other popular SSDs.

So how does this SSD perform in its tests?  Find out in the full review here.

While it would have been nice if they carried out more real-world tests, one can get an idea of what to expect by looking at other SSD reviews with real-world tests that use this same SandForce controller and firmware revision.  The exception would be for the OCZ Vertex 2, as OCZ has exclusive access to special SandForce 1200 series firmware that unlocks much greater write IOPS.

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