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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 05 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC SSD MSD-SATA3535-064
MOBI 3500 Features
MSD-SATA3535 Specifications
First Look: MOBI 3500
SSD Testing Methodology
System Speed Test Benchmarks
ATTO Disk Benchmarks
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
MSD-SATA3535-064 Conclusion

MSD-SATA3535-064 Conclusion

With the American economy in the midst of an economic recession, many manufacturers are having to pull out some very creative ideas to help market their products. Add onto this the fact that SSD technology carries a hefty premium, and there needs to be extremely eye-catching product packaging to help sales along. Mtron has pulled-off an impressive package appearance and presentation even though they use an ordinary white base color. I think it works, at least as far as defining an elegant aura, but it still lacks critical product information and specifications for the untrained consumer.Mtron_3500_SSD_Top_Angle.jpg

Product appearance for SSD's is no easy task to master successfully. We're talking about a product that either hides inside a server of desktop computer, and is usually only seen just once at installation. Mtron has kept with their traditional green on blue label, which might be ready for an update. I personally think that they got it right with the simple white plastic enclosure used on the Mtron MOBI 3000, which I lightly associated with the Apple iPod or MacBook. For a product that gets no real limelight, it's unnecessary to add shine and glimmer to the finish. Then again, the MSD-SATA3535 series is an Enterprise-class product.

Despite the irrelevance of appearance on an internally installed SSD, the MOBI 3500 actually looks quite nice. I think that production costs for milled aluminum enclosures is an unnecessary manufacturing expense that gets handed down to consumers. But if looks count for anything, the new MOBI 3500 gets our nod.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product line, and Mtron products have never been an exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses, but add to this a hard metal shell and you have to wonder what it would take to make this drive fail. If an Mtron MOBI 3500 product does fail during the 3-year warranty period, end-users must request and RMA from Mtron and wait for a returns authorization number before shipping the item back at their own expense. Unfortunately, there's no toll-free for support or customer service questions.

Based on the collection of benchmark tests we conducted, the Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC SSD performs near the top of our linear bandwidth charts. The high-quality flash memory used in the MSD-SATA3535 series yields a 0.10 ms response time; that's zero-point-one milliseconds, not the nearly nine full milliseconds reported by the Raptor HDD. Linear read performance reported a maximum bandwidth of 97.4 MBps, while maximum write speeds were 105.3 MBps.

At $6.25 per gigabyte of SLC SSD storage space (as of January 2009), the best price we found on the Mtron MOBI 3500 Solid State Drive was $399.99 directly from RocketDisk.

In conclusion, the Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC Solid State Drive offers an excellent balance of linear read and write bandwidth and an astonishingly fast response time. Boasting a near-instant 0.10 ms, the MOBI 3500 is roughly 85x more responsive than Western Digital's Raptor HDD. The collective linear read-from and write-to performance was nearly 18% faster than the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, and 35% better than the Western Digital Raptor. SLC Construction provides nearly equal read and write performance, which makes this drive a solid solution for server-tasked systems. With so many choices available on the market now, the pricing will be the only drawback for consumers wanting to find a bargain, since Mtron drives are not known for sacrificing reliability and performance to lower costs.

EDITORS NOTE: The Windows 7 Operating System has demonstrated problems locating a native driver for the Mtron MOBI 3500 SSD on the Intel ICH9/10 Southbridge. Please take this into consideration when building a system using this product.

Pros:

+ Impressive 97.4 MBps linear read and 105.3 write bandwidth
+ Extremely swift 0.10 ms response time
+ Low power consumption may reduce data center energy costs
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Up to 64GB of SSD capacity
+ 3-Year Mtron product warranty
+ Single-Layer Cell construction improves longevity

Cons:

- Metal case is heavier and less durable than plastic
- Inconvenient and tedious RMA process
- $6.25 per gigabyte of SLC SSD storage space
- No customer service or support telephone numbers
- Lacks USB 2.0 interface found on other SSD products

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.25
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 6.75

Final Score: 8.65 out of 10.

Benchmark Reviews recieved this review sample from RocketDisk Inc., a premier online retailer of Solid State Drive products.

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