Monster Digital Daytona 240GB SSD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are sixteen NAND chips, eight on each side.
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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