Mushkin Launches Pilot Series M.2 NVMe SSDs, Kingmax Introduces Zeus Dragon RGB DDR4 Memory

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May 10, 2018
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Mushkin a well known brand in memory and storage has launched it’s Pilot line of M.2 NVMe SSDs, which were debuted in 2018 at CES. The drives combine Silicon Motion SM2262 controller with 3D TLC NAND flash memory. Built in the M.2-2280 form-factor, the drives feature PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface, and take advantage of the NVMe 1.3 protocol. The drive comes in four capacities – 120 GB, 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB, which differ in performance.

Mushkin Pilot Up To 2710 MB/s Sequential Reads 1755MB/s Writes

The 120 GB variant offers sequential transfer speeds of a rather bland 1215 MB/s reads, with up to 515 MB/s writes, up to 91,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 133,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The 250 GB variant is almost twice as fast and much more respectable, with up to 2470 MB/s sequential reads, up to 1000 MB/s sequential writes, up to 179,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 257,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The 500 GB variant is faster which is to be expected, with up to 2680 MB/s sequential reads, with up to 1755 MB/s writes, up to 335,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 277,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The 1 TB variant leads the pack, with up to 2710 MB/s sequential reads, with up to 1755 MB/s writes, up to 283,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 280,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The drives are backed by 3-year warranties.

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Pricing was not announced

Kingmax DDR4 16GB and 32GB Dual Channel Kits Up to 3466MHz

In other news Kingmax expanded its Zeus Dragon line of DDR4 memory kits, with it’s new Zeus Dragon RGB. The new module is styled rather differently from the original Zeus Dragon, with a polygonal heatspreader shape with RGB LED diffusers, these are strikingly reminiscent of the design from G.Skill Trident-Z RGB. You have RGB diffusers on the top of the module,and also through cutouts on the sides, illuminating the Kingmax logos. The modules support ASUS Aura Sync RGB software control, no word on other light control software.

The Kingmax Zeus Dragon has four speed varieties it comes in – 2667MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz and finally 3466MHz, they come in module densities of 8GB and 16GB per single stick. Oddly enough the 2667MHz kit has a CAS Latency of 17T while all others come in at a still somewhat loose 16T. The modules have XMP Support, no word on pricing as well. I also couldn’t find specifics when it comes to who is producing the memory.

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