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MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 256GB mSATA Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 2:24 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

Specifications, Pricing and Availability




MyDigitalSSD released three capacity sizes for the new BP3 mSATA line. Those are 64GB, 128GB and the model we're looking at today, 256GB. This is a value over performance product, but given the 500MB/s read speed, we have to admit that the performance is pretty high as well. The write speed is around 230MB/s and that is one of the biggest differences between the BP3 and SMART lines. BP3 also has lower IOPS ratings and a higher latency, especially when it comes to writing data.


As we mentioned in the introduction, the performance we present today is on an early firmware revision. It is so early in fact that it was ported over from the previous generation, SATA II Phison controller. The proper Phison S8 firmware is in validation, but we won't see it till early July. Even now, the performance is very good for the price, but it can only get better as new firmware revisions roll out. Phison isn't known for kicking out new firmware revisions every couple of months, they tend to get it right early on. Speaking candidly with MyDigitalSSD, we learned that of the BP products shipped worldwide with Phison controllers, only four were returned with issues, two of which were damaged in shipping. The numbers are impressive and we learned why the return rate is so low. Phison produces their products in the same factories that Toshiba builds their SSDs destined for OEM installations. In the OEM market returns are simply not acceptable.


Like many of the products from MyDigitalSSD, TweakTown was able to secure a price break for our readers. The BP3 256GB model we're reviewing today regularly sells for $279.99 at MyDigitalDiscount, but with our coupon code (TT256BP3SAVE20) an additional $20 is taken off of the price. That make the MyDigitalSSD BP3 256GB mSATA $259.99, an excellent price for any 256GB mSATA SSD. MyDigitalSSD also sent coupon codes for the 128GB BP3 model (TT128BP3SAVE10), worth $10 off and one for the 64GB model (TT64BP3SAVE5), worth $5 off.


When it comes to accessories and add-ons MyDigitalSSD warranties the BP3 product line with a standard three year warranty. You also get two screws for mounting your mSATA drive in a notebook that uses the screw hold down mechanism.


One accessory that I think everyone should purchase is an mSATA to SATA adapter bracket. MyDigitalDiscount sells high quality adapters for $24.99, but you can find low quality versions on Amazon for as low as $9.

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