US manufacturer Mushkin is expanding its SSD portfolio with its fastest model to date. The Mushkin Vortex is said to achieve over 7,400 MB/s reading, 6,800 MB/s writing and up to 1.5 million IOPS in random writing. The M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 uses an InnoGrit controller.
The 80 mm long, black M.2 module appears simple and inconspicuous, and its sticker shows the Vortex logo crowns. Mushkin has said goodbye to the Greek alphabet with this model, since the manufacturer's first PCIe 4.0 SSDs were still called Delta and Gamma (test).
Top performance still above the Mushkin Gamma
Compared to the already very fast Gamma, the Vortex is a step ahead, at least according to the key data. The Gamma with Phison E18 controller is specified with a maximum of 7,175 MB/s, with the Vortex it is now 7,415 MB/s. This is achieved by switching to the Innogrit IG5236 as the controller, which is ahead in sequential reading, at least in synthetic benchmarks such as CrystalDiskMark. The Patriot Viper VP4300 (test) with the same chip therefore leads ComputerBase's SSD ranking in this discipline. At up to 6,800 MB/s sequential writing is on par with the models with the Phison E18.