|MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 Solid State Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013|
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MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our performance rating considers how effective the MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series performs in file transfer operations against competing solid-state storage solutions. For reference, MyDigitalDiscount specifies the BP4 Slim 7 SSD to produce up to 560 MB/s reads and 530 MB/s writes. In our storage benchmark tests the BP4 Slim 7 SSD (240GB model MDS7-BP4-240) performed right up to these speeds. Our test results demonstrated that the 240GB MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 solid state drive was good for delivering 558/522 MB/s peak read and write speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark SSD speed tests. Linear file transfers with Everest Disk Benchmark produced 499/460 MB/s, which exceeds performance for the OCZ Vertex 4 and Crucial m4 SSDs. Transfer speeds were very fast overall thanks to the Toggle-NAND flash components, and performed near the top of our test results.
The MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 solid state drive sent to us for testing is advertised to deliver 4K Aligned Reads reaching 46,000 IOPS and 4K Aligned Writes as high as 79,000 IOPS, although it is unclear what tools and configuration were used to produce these specifications. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced a mere 20,851 combined IOPS performance. While disappointing, these results don't come as a suprise. When we last tested a Phison controller the PS3105-S5 produced only 1,194 total combined IOPS. So while 20,851 IOPS is a tremendous leap over 1,194, it's still a far shot from the leading condenders that produce 70-80,000 IOPS. Regardless, 20K IOPS is still more than enough for workstation computer and high-performance gaming systems.
Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. MyDigitalDiscount has created a sleek 7mm profile with a basic finish on their MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series. MyDigitalDiscount sells the MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series solid state drive in bulk packaging, so consumers aren't paying extra for a fancy retail box.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment. Solid-state storage is by nature immune to most abuses, but add a hard metal shell and the chance of failure is reduced to internal component defects. If any MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series product happens to fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users may contact MyDigitalDiscount via the company's customer support website or call 1-866-217-1800 for free technical support.
As of February 2013, MyDigitalDiscount.com offers the MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series at an introductory price in the following capacities:
Overall I consider the MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series solid state drive to be a good high-performance storage solution, but there's a whole lot of competition in this segment. If MyDigitalDiscount gives the BP4 an attractive price after this introductory period, consumers could be attracted by the obvious value. Performance was fast, and offered substantial IOPS for power users, so everyone will see an immediate bump in the speed of their applications.
+ Outstanding 558/522 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
- Expensive enthusiast-level product
Final Score: 8.7 out of 10.