As it stands, every TLC SSD that hits the market will find itself compared to the 850 EVO. None can compete regarding overall performance, which is why we did not include the 850 EVO in our test pool. That means we need to look at performance with pricing factored in to determine if a TLC drive will receive a TweakTown recommendation. There are only two TLC SSDs we've reviewed that are priced far enough below the 850 EVO to even consider as an alternative to the 850 EVO.
The first is Crucial's BX200, which is priced about $30 below the 850 EVO, but its performance is so bad that we cannot recommend it to our readers. The other is My Digital's BP5e. The BP5e is priced even lower than the BX200, coming in at about $35 less than an 850 EVO. Price is not enough though, performance also needs to be good enough so that saving $35 makes sense. We do feel that My Digital's BP5e has been able to accomplish this feat. The BP5e 480GB SATA III SSD handily outperforms the competition with synthetic testing, performing nearly as well as the 850 EVO at a significantly lower cost per gigabyte. Also, the BP5e is capable of almost double the sustained write performance of most competing TLC SSDs. When compared to other planar TLC flash on the market, Toshiba's 15nm TLC is looking pretty good.
We are very happy with the SSD experience that the My Digital BP5e 480GB SATA III SSD delivers. While running the BP5e as our OS disk loaded up with data to 75% of its capacity, the drive still provided an outstanding user experience. This is quite the opposite of what we've experienced from the competition; they get loaded up with data, and there is a noticeable decrease in expected responsiveness. It has been awhile since My Digital brought a new SSD to market and they are very excited about the BP5e, as they should be, because the BP5e is TweakTown recommended. It's planar TLC done right and at the right price.
- Awesome Synthetic Performance
- Acceptable Sustained Write Performance
- Lowest Price Per GB on the Market
- Moderate Workload Performance
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||89%|
The Bottom Line: Looking for a super low-cost SSD that still delivers an excellent SSD experience? My Digital's BP5e is a drive that will deliver both.
PRICING: You can find the MDD BP5e 480GB SATA III SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The MDD BP5e 480GB SATA III SSD retails for $125 at Amazon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace-Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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