Mushkin Redline VORTEX PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Launched: Affordable Flagship

Ganesh T S

AnandTech


Mushkin Redline VORTEX PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Launched: Affordable Flagship

Mushkin's lineup of PCIe 4.0 SSDs has largely remained a Phison affair. The Delta series was based on the Phison E16 and the Gamma on the Phison E18. Recently, the company launched a new series of PCIe 4.0 SSDs - the Redline VORTEX. The key here seems to be the usage of a new SSD controller - the Innogrit Rainier IG5236. It appears to be taking over the flagship mantle from the Gamma - besting it in both read and write random access IOPS and also sequential read speeds. However, unlike the Delta and Gamma, which came to the market in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB flavors, the Redline VORTEX series has three capacity points - 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Detailed specifications are provided in the table below.

Mushkin Redline VORTEX SSD Specifications

Capacity

512 GB

1024 GB

2048 GB

Controller

Innogrit IG5236

NAND Flash

?? 3D TLC NAND

Form-Factor, Interface

Single-Sided M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4

DRAM

512 MB DDR4

1 GB DDR4

2 GB DDR4

Sequential Read

6750 MB/s

7430 MB/s

7415 MB/s

Sequential Write

2635 MB/s

5300 MB/s

6800 MB/s

Random Read IOPS

200K

390K

730K

Random Write IOPS

645K

1085K

1500K

SLC Caching

Yes

TCG Opal Encryption

No

Warranty

5 years

Write Endurance

250 TBW
0.27 DWPD

500 TBW
0.27 DWPD

1000 TBW
0.27 DWPD

MSRP

$78 (15.23¢/GB)

$125 (12.21¢/GB)

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The SSD adopts a graphene heat dissipating label for its thermal solution - typical for the price point targeted. The performance numbers (aided by dynamic SLC caching) make it sitable for content creation and gaming - workloads that typically benefit from the capabilities provided by PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

Mushkin is not the first to market with the Innogrit Rainier controller. The Patriot Viper VP4300 series and the ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade were introduced late last year. While the Viper VP4300 is priced quite high, the Mushkin Redline VORTEX manages to undercut the XPG GAMMIX S70 blade by $12 at the 512GB capacity point and $5 at the 1TB point (based on current street pricing). The company is yet to announce availability and pricing for the 2TB SKU. The appearance of more affordable PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs in the market is good news for consumers.

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