American storage specialist Mushkin has introduced two models of its new Alpha series of high-capacity M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs. The two models have capacities of 4 and 8TB and feature very high read and write speeds of 3,200 and 3,000 MB/s (4TB model) and 3,300 and 2,800 MB/s (8TB model), respectively, as well as 550K / 680K 4K IOPs, which is made possible by the fast connection via the PCIe 3.0 x 4 interface.
This puts Mushkin on par with Sabrent, which in June introduced fder Rocket Q, the first 8TB NVMe SSD to achieve a read speed of 3,300 MB/s.
Mushkin Alpha 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD
This makes the new Mushkin 8TB model one of the few remaining M.2 SSDs with this capacity in the consumer sector. Of course, even these models are still far more expensive than comparable HDDs - but for some applications - especially when working with high-resolution video - the high access, read and write speeds quickly pay off.
Both models used the Phison E12S controller as well as Micron 1TB 96L 3D QLC NAND memory and should be available by the end of January - the 4TB version is expected to cost , the 8TB version around 1,300 - it will be interesting to see how high the price will be in Germany - currently the competition from Corsair with the MP400 8TB SSD, which is soagr even a bit faster (3,480/3,000 MB/s) is around 1,300.