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MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 13, 2017 1:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

Moderate Workload Model

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's consumer guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drive's performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.

 

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

 

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Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

 

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There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

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The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing.

 

The Hellfire edges out the BPX when in a typical consumer user state, but not enough to matter. Intel's 600p, as expected, gets crushed. Samsung's 960 EVO series SSDs continue to hold a performance advantage over the BPX.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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Here is where we see the BPX delivering the goods in a big way. PCMark 7 more accurately represents real-world performance than Vantage. This time the BPX outperforms the Hellfire, 960 EVO, and both Intel offerings. It is also important to note that the BPX does not have the benefit of a dedicated driver like the 960 EVO enjoys.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. With respect to moderate consumer type workloads, this test is what we consider the best indicator of a drive's performance.

 

And there you have it - the results of this test showcase why we believe My Digital's 480GB BPX is currently the best value in next-gen consumer storage. It performs equally with the 1TB 960 EVO and the Hellfire; doing so for far less cash out of pocket. And when you factor in warranty and endurance, the BPX wins hands down.

 

OCZ's RD400 outperforms the BPX, but this is largely due to its proprietary NVMe driver. If you want to get creative, there are "alternative" NVMe drivers that can be used with the BPX that will increase performance significantly.

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