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Monster Digital Daytona 240GB SSD Review - Monster Digital Daytona 240GB SSD


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

Monster Digital Daytona 240GB SSD

 

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Daytona has a very nice case made from thick metal that we assume was stamped into shape. The drive feels solid and comes off like a premium SSD.

 

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On the back of the drive we found the typical model and serial number. Monster claims Daytona is made in the USA and we found references to this in a number of places including the back of the drive. There are only a few SSD manufacturers in the USA, but we don't think any would claim this product.

 

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Daytona is a 7mm drive, one of the first we received for review, but the other issues held this one up for quite a long time.

 

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SATA power and data connections are offset as they should be. Monster doesn't ship a desktop adapter bracket with Daytona, but this drive will fit in a large number of notebooks and ultrabooks.

 

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Daytona uses the LSI SandForce SF-2281 VB1 controller, a proven component that's used in a number of very good SSDs on the market today. The NAND is 32nm Toshiba which is a bit odd since we are now down to 19nm, but even when our sample arrived, 24nm Toggle was all over the place. Toshiba's specs show a 40MB/s interface speed, a little slower than IMFT's async 50MB/s performance.

 

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There are sixteen NAND chips, eight on each side.

 

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While updating the drive's firmware I snapped a quick shot of the firmware update software. The download was massive for an update, over 700MB and you have to burn it to a DVD or flash drive. This is a Linux boot disk with a quick link on the desktop to flash the SSD.

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