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MyDigitalSSD BP3 256GB mSATA SSD Revisited - 3.2 Firmware Update

MDSSD and Phison have a new firmware ready for the S8 SATA III controller. Under normal circumstances we'd expect a small performance increase, but when the promise of a 4x increase was made, we knew we had to see for ourselves.

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 4:53 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD





When we first reviewed the MyDigitalSSD BP3 mSATA 256GB it arrived in a beta state. The firmware on the drive was stable and relatively fast, two of the three key traits we look for in a SSD. The third key characteristic we look for is price, the BP3's strongest attribute. When MDSSD released the mSATA version of the BP3, they also launched the SMART Series based on controllers from SandForce. The SMART Series held the flagship designation, but the BP3 was the best bang for the buck product. The BP3 just got a much larger bang.


MyDigitalSSD chose the new Phison S8 controller for both of the Bullet Proof 3 product lines. BP3 covers both the 2.5" product segment and the mSATA market. Today we're focusing on the mSATA line, but the same firmware update is also available for the 2.5" model as well. Under normal circumstances, incremental firmware updates usually deliver a small performance increase. That is why we don't re-test every SSD every time a new firmware hit the market. By waiting a few generations we can show a significant increase when writing a new article. The new Phison S8 controller just had a significant increase and this is just the first update.


Today we're running the MyDigitalSSD BP3 through the benchmark cycle again, this time with the new firmware installed. We'll also update the pricing and availability of the new mSATA line for you. Even before the update, MyDigitalSSD's little drive sold out a number of times while production was ramping up.


We think the increased performance envelope will also increase demand.

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