Mushkin has announced the new Helix series M.2 solid state drives, targeted mainly at enthusiasts and gamers looking high performance and high endurance.
The Mushkin Helix series drives utilize 3D MLC NAND flash and a Silicon Motion SM2260 controller, They come in the popular M.2 2280 form-factor, making them ideal for use both in notebooks as well as desktop systems.
In terms of performance numbers, Mushkin claims the Helix drives deliver sequential read performance of up to 2.5 GB/s, while write performance is claimed to hit 1.1 GB/s when using pseudo-SLC caching. Random performance on the other hand is quite impressive, with random reads said to hit 232K IOPS and random writes hitting 185K IOPS. These numbers are higher than what the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller is capable of, which suggests Mushkin may be using firmware optimizations to achieve higher performance numbers.
The Helix family will be available in four different capacities – 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. The performance numbers revealed by Mushkin obviously apply to the top end 2TB SKU, the lower capacity drives will deliver slightly slower performance. All Helix drives will come backed by a 3-year warranty and a MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) of 1,000,000 hours.
Mushkin hasn’t released any info regarding availability or pricing yet.