Mach Xtreme's timing for releasing these SATA DOM products was perfect for a couple of projects we're working on in the test lab. Over the next couple of weeks, you'll see these in a couple of DIY NAS builds, a cold storage server build, and a couple of router / firewall builds. For these systems, we could have used a full-size hard drive, or even a 2.5" SSD, but we wanted to save the drive bays for large capacity HDDs to store data, and with the router we wanted to save power.
When the MX SATA DOM announcement came out in January, we noticed a large number of comments on enthusiast's sites comparing the drives to mSATA models. That's not really the right environment for these drives...and the prices are much lower.
Just before going to print, we were given a link to MSRP pricing: The 4GB SLC model is just $33, and that's enough space for a Pfsense install with room to spare. The 64GB MLC SATA DOM tops out at just $108, and the rest of the drives fall in between.
If there is one thing we would like to see with this product, it is more power cable options. The 4-pin Molex is dead for most system builds, and inside of tight builds, running an extra cable back to the power supply can be difficult. Luckily, the cables don't cost a lot, and are available for those willing to look for them.
Until now, DOMs have been on the OEM side of the market, and not really in the channel. Mach Xtreme took a chance and released not only a DOM that will make it to the channel for purchase, but they also made one that is amazingly fast for this type of technology, and for this usage model.
If you are building a device with an embedded OS, or in a very small form factor, you should take a look at Mach Xtreme's SATA DOM.
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