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MyDigitalSSD SMART 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance

MyDigitalSSD aims for the mSATA performance market with the new SMART series based on SATA III SandForce power.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 4:51 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: AVADirect, GIGABYTE, LSI, Corsair and Noctua.

 

You can read more about TweakTown's Storage Product Testing Workstation and the procedures followed to test products in this article.

 

mSATA is a connection standard that is gaining ground on two fronts. The first is the notebook / ultrabook market where space is very limited. With companies like MyDigitalSSD producing mSATA drives that compare with full size 2.5" form factor models in capacity, this standard will continue to gain traction.

 

The second market where mSATA is taking hold is SSD caching of mechanical HDDs. We've seen a handful of motherboard manufacturers including mSATA slots on their desktop boards. GIGABYTE seems to be leading the charge, but their mSATA slots are only SATA II. If you are purchasing an mSATA drive for a desktop motherboard choosing a lower cost SATA II model might prove to be a wise decision. Then again, your next motherboard may just have an mSATA slot with SATA III, so if you can afford the additional expense, a SATA III model should be better in the long term.

 

 

ATTO Baseline Performance

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34

 

ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.

 

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The MyDigitalSSD SMART is like a gum stick sized piece of dynamite. We recorded nearly 560MB/s read performance and nearly 535MB/s write. A big portion of this speed comes from the new 5 series firmware which was a performance update over the 3 series.

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