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Chronos Deluxe

Powered by Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND Flash memory, Mushkin’s Chronos Deluxe can easily reach read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 520 Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSDMB/s respectively. It is another SandForce SF-2281 driven solid state drive, joining in with Kingston’s Hyper X and Memoright’s FTM Plus. The Deluxe is one of two “Chronos” SSD Line by Mushkin; the other one is created with asynchronous NAND Flash modules.

The Chronos Deluxe is available in three capacities: 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB. The drive boasts IOPS of 90,000 which is quite high even for a SandForce driven SSD. The 3xnm toggle mode NAND Flash inside this drive is said to last longer than the 25nm  IMFT that often resides in most SATA III like Patriot’s Pyro. This solid state drive can accept a force not greater than 1500 G and vibrations as high as 20 G. Mushkin’s Chronos Deluxe features DuraWrite technology as well as O/S dependent TRIM commands.


  • Sequential Read: Up to 560 MB/second
  • Sequential Write: Up to 520 MB/second
  • NAND type: MLC
  • Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
  • Controller: SandForce SF-2281
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches
  • DRAM Cache: None
  • TRIM support: Yes
  • SMART support: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years

Part Numbers:

  • 120 GB : MKNSSDCR120GB-DX
  • 240 GB : MKNSSDCR240GB-DX



To sum it all up with a bow on top, you get amazing performance, extremely long service life and a hassle free low price point on a drive that literally has very little competition in the marketplace. The only problem I see is that we don’t have a stack of them for RAID testing.


The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB SATA 3 SSD is one of the fastest solid state drives available today and its performance is indicative of such.  Our initial concerns with high sequential write scores, as shown in testing both compressible and incompressible data, were overcome with very high results in low random 4k aligned write disk access and IOPS testing as seen in Anvil Pro benchmarks.


The Mushkin Chronos presents us with an interesting and somewhat unique combination of price and performance; a pairing that has been a rare occurrence in the enthusiast level SSD market these days. Usually, a sub-$300 price for a 120GB drive equated lower expectations for real world benchmark numbers but Mushkin has bucked that trend.

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