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MDSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition by SuperSSpeed 128GB SLC SSD Review - Specifications, Pricing and Availability

If you could build an SSD, what would you make? In this rare opportunity, Chris took on the role of product manager and built what he considers the best SSD on the market today.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 7:12 am
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Specifications, Pricing and Availability

 

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There are only 50 MyDigitalSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition by SuperSSpeed SSDs. All 50 drives are 128GB capacity, come hand signed and hand numbered by me. MyDigitalSSD and SuperSSpeed put together the spec sheet and the claimed performance is 550MB/s sequential read and 520MB/s sequential write speed. As you know performance on SandForce based SSDs comes down to firmware and 5.0.3 with the controller and Intel 25nm SLC flash actually delivers 558MB/s read and 534MB/s write speed on my test system. Fully optimized PCs will hit just over 560 read and 540 write speeds. I don't lean the test systems out as far as they can go and keep my system looking good rather than turn all of the features down.

 

The claimed IOPS performance is 80K read and 68K write IOPS, but these numbers must of been taken from older firmware because 5.0.3 actually delivers 61K read and 92K write IOPS at a queue depth of 32. We expect the read IOPS to increase when firmware 5.0.5 hits the market and now that I'm a manufacturer of sorts we'll have new firmware updates available at SLC speed.

 

Several manufacturers claim to have the fastest SSD on the market, but there can be only one. When it comes to the 2.5" form factor that one is this one. SuperSSpeed is the only manufacturer making a consumer SSD with SLC flash. SLC is much faster than MLC in almost every way. SSDs are not two dimensional products, they have to be looked at in four dimensions - random read, random write, sequential read and sequential write performance, and SLC is faster in all four corners.

 

In the middle of the four corners, you'll find endurance (product life span) and performance when data resides on the flash. Intel 25nm SLC flash is rated at 100K P/E cycles. Consumer SSDs generally use 3K and 5K P/E cycle flash and some 10K eMLC is shipping on some products due to consumer grade flash shortages. It's easy to do the math so I won't insult you.

 

Adding to the endurance and more importantly for enthusiasts and power users is performance when data resides on the flash. This is where SandForce comes in. The LSI SandForce architecture was designed to reduce the amount of data on the flash. This allows gives the flash more spare area to perform background functions that keep the SSD performance at high speeds all the time. The more spare area you have, the faster your drive. It also increases flash life, but with 100K P/E cycles, we aren't too worried about that. This drive might outlive you.

 

One thing I learned while working on this project is how quickly costs can ramp up and increase the final price of a product. With only 50 drives, we didn't have the benefits of large scale production so every drive sampled to people increased the final cost. I received several emails from marketing reps, product managers and reviewers asking for a sample. The first two were quietly laughing in a rare moment of revenge with the tables turned on sample requests. Of course reviewers want samples because that is our job. Of the fifty, I'm keeping one, Cameron (my editor) gets one and a third sample will be given away on TweakTown in a contest that will go online in the next day or two. I'll wish everyone good luck in advance.

 

MyDigitalDiscount has the remaining 47 drives at their e-tail store for $275. Yes, I know it is high for a 128GB consumer SSD, we tried to target the $250 mark, but we couldn't make it happen, sorry about that. On the other side of the coin, this is the lowest priced 128GB SSD with SLC flash available on the market. It costs around $750 less than any other 128GB SLC SSD we've been able to find a price on.

 

The MyDigitalSSD TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Signature Edition SLC SSD by SuperSSpeed ships with an amazing accessory package. Included is a dual SSD desktop adapter bracket, screws, SATA power and data cable and an industry leading five year warranty.

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