As it stands, we feel that if you are going to go with a super low-cost planar TLC SSD, the best bang for the buck comes in the form of S10-powered SSDs with Toshiba 15nm TLC flash arrays. Taking it a step further, we believe the M.2 form factor is the most desirable of all form factors. This leads us to the SSD we tested today. MDD's BP5e 480GB M.2 SATA III SSD checks all the boxes. S10 controller, Toshiba TLC flash, 480GB capacity, best form factor, and a super-low price point. Samsung's 750 EVO series is lurking around out there now, and is a better performing SSD, but its price point like that of the 850 EVO is significantly higher than the BP5e. Additionally, the 750 EVO isn't available in an M.2 version.
MDD's BP5e (the cased model) was the first non-Samsung planar TLC SSD to receive a TweakTown recommendation. With superior synthetic performance and acceptable sustained write transfer rates, MDD's BP5e impressed us with great performance and even more so with its super low price point. The M.2 version performs just as well and comes in a far more appealing form factor. There is something to be said for fast storage that doesn't require cabling or occupy a PCIe slot. The M.2 version costs about 14 bucks more than the cased version, but we feel that's a small price to pay for M.2 goodness.
Running MDD's BP5e M.2 SSD as our OS disk is a very pleasurable experience. The drive is responsive, boots like lightning, and handles multi-tasking with ease.
We really like what the MDD BP5e M.2 SATA III SSD has to offer. In fact, when it comes to choosing a super low-cost SSD, MDD's BP5e M.2 480GB is our new favorite drive. My Digital Discount's BP5e 480GB M.2 SATA III SSD is TweakTown recommended.
- Low Cost
- Toshiba Flash
- Sequential Performance
- Most Appealing Form Factor
- Moderate Workload Performance
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: The best feature any SSD can have is an M.2 form factor. The MDD BP5e 480GB M.2 SSD is the lowest cost M.2 SSD on the market, and it delivers excellent performance for the price.
PRICING: You can find the MDD BP5e 480GB M.2 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 M.2 SATA III SSD retails for $130 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) - Max IOPS, 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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