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Mushkin ECO2 240GB SATA III – Review (MKNSSDEC240GB)

Most of today’s computers still rely on old hard disk drive technology, but those days are becoming a thing of the past. Many notebook manufacturers have already started adapting SSDs into their builds, not only improving their notebook boot times, but overall performance and not to mention battery life.

In today’s review we will be looking at the Mushkin ECO2 240GB SSD, as a solution for the average consumer to bring new life to their PC, without having to spend a couple of hundred dollars on a budget PC.

The Mushkin ECO2 comes in 60GB,120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities that cost just $40, $55, $85 and $170, and offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 515MB/s . Making the ECO2 the most aggressively priced SSD on the market to date. Lets take a look if it lives up to the hype.

While the Mushkin ECO2 isn’t the fastest SSD I’ve seen, nor does it have the longest warranty, the drive has enough performance and features to be an excellent deal for those looking to upgrade an aging computer that’s still running on a regular hard drive.

With the ECO2 Mushkin has chosen to design a drive that packs more storage into the same space. Allowing the manufacturer to create an SSD that is much cheaper to make, but regrettably takes a performance and endurance hit.

Nevertheless, Mushkin says that its firmware improvements, combined with the Sandforce 2200 series controller, will still make the ECO2 perform well and provide high endurance. But the included three-year warranty generally means that you won’t have any problem with it within at least the first three years.

Specs

 

Closer Look:

The Mushkin ECO2 240GB sample sent to us is a standard 2.5-inch 7mm-thick internal drive and is similar in design to Mushkin’s Chronos 7mm SSD.

Test Setup:

The ECO2 ships in a simple blister box, and does not include any extras such as 3.5” bracket or cables. Which is common in these budget models, but are un necessary in a notebook upgrade. In this case we will be testing the Drive in our Labs, MSI GS700 Stealth pro. In this case we swapped out the 1TB standard hard drive and disabled the mSATA already in the system. Making the ECO2 the primary drive.

Test Bench:

  • MSI GS70 Stealth Pro
  • Intel Core-i7 4710HQ + NV GTX870M
  • 16GB DDR3 Memory
  • 2 – 120GB SSDs in Raid-0 (Disabled) + 1 – 1TB HDD

Performance:

1

Boot Time Improvements: (Measured in seconds)

In this performance build we are comparing the boot performance between the stock 1TB HDD and the 240GB ECO2 SSD. The lower the score the better.

2

Game Load time Improvements: (Measured in seconds)

In this performance build we are comparing the game load time improvements between the stock 1TB HDD and the 240GB ECO2 SSD. The lower the score the better.

3

Photoshop CS6 Load time Improvements: (Measured in seconds)

In this performance build we are comparing Photoshop CS6 load time improvements between the stock 1TB HDD and the 240GB ECO2 SSD. The lower the score the better.

Other Performance Benchmarks: 

Conclusion:

If you want top performance out of your system without paying high prices The Mushkin ECO2 is a great solution. Pricing has always been one the most important factors in buying an SSD, and Mushkin delivers in this regard with the ECO2 240GB SSD. It’s the first on the market with a cost as low as just 35 cents per gigabyte.

While the ECO2 isn’t the fastest on the market, it has enough muscle to make a significant improvement to any computer currently running on a standard 7200rpm hard drive. Which is why, instead of spending a few hundred dollars for a new budget PC, upgrading your aging one with a 240GB ECO2 SSD for $84.99 will be a much better investment, which for the most part, will bring new life to your PC.

Mushkin ECO2 60GB
Mushkin ECO2 120GB
Mushkin ECO2 240GB
Mushkin ECO2 480GB

BEST VALUE

Pros

  1. Best 240GB bang for your buck drive.
  2. Low power consumption
  3. Besides the 240GB having the best pricing, it seems the whole series of drives ranging from 60GB to 480GB are the most aggressively priced.

Cons:

  1. Doesn’t come with any accessories or software.
  2. Performance ranks behind that of other recently released drives.

1 comment

  1. ed Reply

    I have been buying mushkin products since 2003 and I am glad these guys continue to offer their products at competitive prices.

    I just ordered the 480GB version of the ECO and cant wait to put it into my Laptop.

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