Pictures and Breakdown
The Chronos deluxe, as expected, has the black, white, and green theme that we see from Mushkin normally. Unlike Kingston and Corsair though we have yet to see a bright green cased SSD from Mushkin. They have stuck with the normal black case and just used a sticker to brank their ssd’s, much like OCZ. This does keep the costs down but a little more style, at least on a high end performance model might get them a little more attention. Where this model stands out specifically is in its thickness though, this is a 7mm model that will fit in more notebooks. A side benefit for 7mm SSD’s like this one is their additional support when using them in case mods or small form factor builds. I have been known to slip an SSD or thin 2.5 inch hard drive behind a motherboard tray to keep a build looking clean or when there just isn’t room for anything else.
After breaking the warranty on the Chronos Deluxe 7mm, we pulled the SSD apart to take a look at what was inside. First and foremost you have the Sandforce controller chip SF-2281, this is where the drive is getting its top notch performance from. Beyond that, for capacity we have eight Toshiba flash chips per side giving roughly 15 gigs per chip. These Toshiba chips (th58TEG7D2HBA4C) are 24nm and spec’ed at 5000 P/E Cycles.