For the longest time storage was the defacto bottle neck with performance PCs. To address this many enthusiasts would RAID drives together and while this worked for a long time when SSDs hit the market the benefits of running more than one drive diminished. You could still get better performance from multiple drives but you quickly butted up against the limits of SATA and couldn’t get much faster.
NVMe was the answer to the question of SATA being slow however instead of rotational speed or SATA transfer rates holding you back we had the speed and quality of the NVMe controller which is acting at the traffic cop between the NAND Flash and PCI Express bus.
Mushkin was showing two new NVMe drives at CES 2019 that will compete in both segments of NVMe performance.
The Pilot-E is the speed demon with up to 3.4GB/s Reads and 2.5GB/s Writes with the help of the Silicon Motion SMI SM2262EN controller matched with 3D TLC Flash. You can get this drive in capacities between 250GB up to 2TB.
If you are more price motivated Mushkin also has the HeliX drive available with up to 2.4GB/s Reads and 1.7GB/s Writes with the help of the Silicon Motion SMI SM2263XT controller matched with 3D TLC Flash. You can get this drive in capacities between 120GB up to 1TB making the drive more affordable for mainstream and industrial users.
Both drives are compatible with all 2280 M.2 slots.
Look for these drives and a review of the Pilot-E real soon!