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MyDigitalSSD BP3 256GB mSATA SSD Revisited - 3.2 Firmware Update

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 4:53 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MyDigitalSSD

Final Thoughts




There is nothing particularly sexy about mSATA drives, not even for the hardcore storage people out there. They generally don't come with exciting packaging or with a lot of exotic accessories. These drives are almost exclusively tucked under your notebook keyboard or if you're lucky, a bottom panel in your ultrabook. If you have an ultrabook or notebook with an mSATA port, well that is a different story.


In order to keep costs low, notebook manufacturers usually ship these devices with slow SSDs or even worse, an ultra-slow, low performing spinner. Moving from a mechanical drive with massive latency to a SSD is something to get excited about and more devices are hitting the market every week with mSATA ports. We know these devices are out there, after our first review of the MyDigitalSSD BP3 mSATA, they sold a ton of these drives. For those people, the BP3 was probably a game changer, OK... more like a notebook changer, but you get the idea.


MyDigitalSSD also wanted me to talk about the reliability of the Bullet Proof line. The BP line going back to the first series all use Phison controllers and MDSSD had very few returns. Of the thousand BP3 drives already shipped, only one was returned as defective. That one drive had a little mishap during shipping where the drive was actually broken into two pieces. Part of the reason for the high quality standards and low return rate has to do with where the drives are actually manufactured. Phison uses Toshiba manufacturing for their drives and every drive is tested before shipping to the MyDigitalSSD warehouse.


The new BP3 product line received quite a performance boost from the new firmware update. This was just the first in what we hope is a nice sized line of performance increasing updates. Phison isn't known for putting out a large amount of firmware updates, so we may only see one or two more before this product reaches end of life. Their products are always solid when it comes to reliability so when a new update is available, it usually comes with some type of performance increase. For enthusiasts looking to ways stay on the cutting edge that might be a bit of a problem because they don't get to tinker with settings, updates and the like. This drive really isn't for enthusiasts though; this is a mainstream drive that doesn't have the hassles of endless updates.


Think of it as plug-in-play for the people whose computers you put together. That doesn't mean this drive isn't a nice product for us all out performance storage nerds, it's nice to buy a product that actually works the first time around... and now it just so happens to work a bit faster if you want to spend five making it so.



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