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MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive Review - Final Thoughts

MyDigitalSSD is back again for the second time recently with the new BP3 mSATA 256GB. BulletProof is about speed, reliability and value all wrapped up into one product.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 2:24 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

Final Thoughts

 

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I'm going to dive right into the facts about the MyDigitalSSD BP3 today. At this time the largest capacity you can purchase in an mSATA form factor is 256GB. If doesn't matter if the controller is SandForce, Marvell or Phison. When it comes to capacity at the high-end, 256GB is what we have until 2013 when IMFT releases ONFi 3.0, 128Gbit die chips.

 

Given that most of these mSATA drives are destined for note/ultrabooks with their power saving C-States, SpeedStep and other performance robbing technologies, speed becomes less of an issue. The more mainstream you go the higher the chances of your notebook being crippled for the sake of battery life and the green agenda. Aside from a few Alienware, Ivy Bridge based gaming notebooks, mSATA is about as mainstream as you're going to get. So in short, speed is good, but your notebook will limit your performance unless you are willing to configure it for higher performance and reduced battery life.

 

Since this is TweakTown and mainstream is for people who read other sites, let's dive into performance. Anything we say about the performance today will not be valid in two to three weeks. Phison already has their performance firmware built and barring any issues, we'll have it early July. The BP3 with the Phison S8 controller delivers good performance now, but we're hoping for more with the new firmware. There are some areas we'd like to see Phison improve upon, but we're not holding our breath - like NCQ writes. Other areas, like sequential write performance, should see a nice increase - at least that is what we're hearing. The biggest issue we observed, write latency, is still up in the air. I think this is more of a hardware limitation, but when it comes to SSD firmware being involved, we can't say either way.

 

For both mainstream users and even power users, price is more often than not the biggest concern. The MyDigitalSSD BP3 256GB mSATA that we reviewed today costs just $259.99 (with the TT Exclusive coupon code TT256BP3SAVE20) at MyDigitalDiscount.com. That puts this drive very close to the $1 per GB realm, a destination mSATA products rarely visit. Even in its current form with initial release firmware, the value of the BP3 mSATA line is very apparent. Given the performance increase that is scheduled and quickly approaching, I don't see a reason why this model shouldn't be at the top of your purchasing list.

 

That is a pretty big claim considering we just reviewed the SMART model that is much faster in some areas. It really comes down to the host system. mSATA with a SATA III interface is almost exclusively found in note/ultrabooks (desktop motherboards with mSATA are only SATA II at this stage) and the power saving (or performance robbing depending on how you look at it) features will level the performance. So, if you are going to be crippled regardless of how fast your potential is, buy the cheaper option and save the money for your desktop that can run an SSD at full speed, all the time.

 

We'll follow up with an article covering both BP3 products we have on hand when the new firmware goes live in July.

 

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