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MyDigitalSSD SMART 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 18, 2012 4:51 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

Final Thoughts




mSATA is already gaining a lot of traction in the mobile market. Ultra-thin ultrabooks are leading the way, but the standard is quickly being adapted in other markets as well. Several of the new Intel Z77 motherboards shipped with an mSATA slot for Intel Rapid Response duties and many full sized notebooks, either openly or secretly have mSATA onboard as well. I don't think the standard will overtake the 2.5" market anytime soon, but in the next couple of years, mSATA will surely make somewhat of a dent.


Of the products that are shipping with their mSATA slots filled, many are occupied by older technology with slower performance. When a company's advertise their ultrabooks they are simply saying, "Hey it ships with a 128GB SSD." All you have to do is spend five minutes on TweakTown to know that SSDs vary in performance quite a bit from one controller to the other. Older products repacked to fit the mSATA spec are a cheap way to get that 'we have an SSD inside' advertising mark, but fail to deliver cutting edge SSD performance. Because of that, most SSDs shipped in ultrabooks have lackluster performance.


The answer to lackluster performance in your new ultrabook is the MyDigitalSSD SMART. It features the proven performance of a SandForce SF-2281 controller, quality flash and will verify what you've thought all along... your OEM SSD is slow.


The only real downside is what gives the SMART such a high upside. SandForce isn't exactly making the All-Star game this year with their firmware batting average for 2012. The 5 series is makes any SandForce SSD the fastest on the market right out of the box, but the down side is it quickly degrades to the kind of performance you're already seeing in your OEM SSD. Giving SandForce the benefit of the doubt, the fix is coming, but we've already spent two months waiting. I think everyone will be much happier with the situation once the fix is released and we have amazing performance that has the tools needed to stay amazing.


So, how does this all fit in with MyDigitalSSD and their new SMART mSATA? With RunCore's T50 priced to the moon and MemoRight's MS-701 still MIA in the e-tail market (we are hearing rumors of a high price at release too), the MDSSD is the lowest priced, SandForce based, synchronous flash mSATA drive on the market. That statement goes a long way because it is much faster than any Phison, Marvell or Samsung controlled drive. If you can live with buying now and flashing later then the MyDigitalSSD SMART makes sense today. To do that you'll want to spend the money on a 2.5" adapter bracket to make the process easier. The brackets cost as low as $9 from Amazon and it's my opinion that you should have one already. If you don't want to go through the hassle of flashing your boot drive then hold off until SandForce fixes their firmware issue. Either way, the SMART is a wise choice.



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