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MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro Firmware 12.1 Update - Higher Peaks (Page 1)

MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro Firmware 12.1 Update - Higher Peaks
We have the new 12.1 firmware update for the E12 controller and run it on all four capacities.
By Chris Ramseyer from Dec 13, 2018 @ 22:00 CST

Introduction

The MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro was the first retail SSD to ship with the new Phison PS5012-E12 controller. In our first review, we mentioned a scheduled firmware update that would increase performance in the works. The 12.1 update was not ready for launch, but it's now posted on the MyDigitalSSD website. Today we'll briefly look at the update procedure and then dive deep into a performance comparison between the original 11.1 and the new 12.1 firmware.

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MyDigitalSSD is already shipping SSDs with the new 12.1 update. Only the early BPX Pro SSDs from the presale and early retail sales have the older firmware. Over the life of the series only a handful, maybe 4,000 drives, will have the 11.1 firmware. The performance we see today will become a better reference for shoppers looking at BPX Pro performance.

A Destructive Update

The 12.1 update changes the data structure of the BPX Pro. The radical changes mean all data on the drive will be lost during the update. We refer to this type of firmware update as a "destructive," and if you want to retain the data, you need to back it up or clone the drive.

Over the last few days, we found a simple to use and free clone utility called EasyUS Backup Free (version 11.5 is the latest). This software allows you to clone your operating system drive from inside Windows. You don't have to worry about formatting a thumb drive, DOS prompts or Linux-based utilities. We've used the software on a handful of NVMe SSDs and found it to be the easiest cloning utility to date.

You can find the new BPX Pro 12.1 update on the MyDigitalSSD product page for this series. The MyDigitalSSD M2X USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) to PCIe 3.0 x4 bridge portable SSD enclosure was used to update the BPX Pro SSDs after we cloned the drive's data. You can't run the update on a boot drive.

Specifications

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*CrystalDiskMark Performance

We're not going to spend a lot of time talking about the BPX Pro's specifications. The new update improves peak performance, and we will look at that in detail today on the following pages.

The series uses the new high-performance Phison PS5012-E12 NVMe controller. The controller runs cooler than the previous high-performance model, PS5007-E7, thanks to a manufacturing process shrink. MyDigitalSSD chose Toshiba's 3D BICS FLASH memory using 3-bit per cell technology with 64-layer stacking.

Pricing, Warranty, And Endurance

SSD pricing are in freefall and not even products released just a few weeks ago are immune. The BPX Pro 240GB started life at $74.99, but you can find it on Amazon today for $20 less, at $54.99. The 480GB model sells for $99.99, a $30 decrease from the initial release price. We feel the best value is the 960GB model that currently sells for just $189.99. Did someone forget that this is a 1TB SSD?

Since our first review, the largest capacity 1920GB (2TB) hit the market. This capacity came to market a few weeks after the three lower size drives. It currently sells for $519.99, but that price may decrease as more product becomes available.

The BPX Pro series carries a generous 5-year warranty and "pro" level endurance levels previously reserved for workstation class NVMe products like the Samsung 970 Pro.

A Closer Look

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From the outside looking in, the BPX Pro appears like any other NVMe SSD in the M.2 form factor. The new E12 controller comes packaged unlike the exposed "flip chip" design like most of the E7 products that shipped (there were a few E7-based SSDs with the packaged design).

MyDigitalSSD includes a M.2-spec fine thread screw and a small size 0 screwdriver in the blister package. Buyer also receives a BPX Pro Powered case sticker.

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