Mushkin atom 64 GB Flash Drive Review

WEB: http://www.poweredbymushkin.com/Home/ MSRP: US$ 21.99 AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

Mushkin goes back quite a long way, with some of their first consumer products being DDR1 RAM aimed at enthusiasts. I haven’t used a Mushkin product since my old Mushkin Blackline Level II 2x 256 MB DDR433 kit, so when I was given the opportunity to review one of their flash drives it was quite a throwback. That’s not to say that they’ve been out of the game; I just haven’t had a Mushkin product go through my hands. Today we’re having a look at the Muskin atom USB 3.0 64 GB flash drive, one of the smallest (physically) on the market.

Specifications
Model MKNUFDAM64GB atom USB 3.0 64 GB Flash Drive
Capacity 64 GB
Read Speed Up to 120 MB/s
Write Speed Up tp 20 MB/s
Interface Type USB 3.0
Dimensions 19.8 x 16.5 x 7.5 mm
Warranty 2 Years

When I say it’s small, it’s TINY. The entire unit, including the USB port, measures a mere 19.8 x 16.5 x 7.5 mm. The drive uses a USB 3.0 interface, so the interface itself won’t be a limitation of speeds but rather the controller and memory ICs. The Mushkin atom is available in multiple sizes from 8 GB up to 128 GB, so I’m looking at the second largest capacity unit available. While there are indeed faster units available such as USB SSDs, the price increases drastically as the performance increases. The Mushkin is the price of a standard flash drive, and therefore much more accessible to the masses.

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For reference purposes I am comparing the flash drive to a rather popular unit, the SanDisk Cruzer Glide 16 GB flash drive. While not the same capacity, it is one of the most frequently seen flash drives around, and this review is to give perspective on performance differences between the one of the more popular flash drives and the Mushkin atom.


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