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Monster Digital Daytona 240GB SSD Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

Monster Digital Daytona 240GB SSD Review

We finally received TRIM enabled firmware for the Daytona, a SSD we've had for several months. The late firmware was just the start of issues that surround the Daytona and the sum of all of these problems lead us to question anyone buying a SSD from Monster Digital.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 58%      Manufacturer: Monster Digital

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

 

For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.

 

- Brief Methodology

 

SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

 

Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.

 

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The real issue with this drive is performance when data resides on the drive already, just like how you run it in your own PC.

 

The Daytona performs a lot like a drive with asynchronous NAND and it's an issue we never quite figured out. Is this an issue with the 32nm NAND working with 5.0.4 firmware? If so, then the solution is simple, load these drives with firmware 3.3.4 and you would have the same performance as Patriot's Wildfire, Mushkin's early Chronos Deluxe or OCZ's Vertex 3 MaxIOPS.

 

All three of those products shipped with 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND. They are also three of the best SF-2281 drives ever sold.

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