|Mtron MOBI 3500 SLC SSD MSD-SATA3535-064|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 05 January 2009|
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First Look: MOBI 3500
Benchmark Reviews has tested so many 2.5" SSD products, that I have almost forgot that Solid State Drives still come in a 3.5". It might not makes sense to many people, but the 3.6" form factor is the only one accepted in most Enterprise environments. Every 2.5" can fit a portable notebook computer or be fit into most desktop systems, but NAS and rack servers don't usually allow much alteration in the connection backplane. It also makes sense that we're testing a 3.5" drive from Mtron, because they are one of the few SLC (Single Layer Cell) manufacturers in the business.
Like everything else with a price tag, perception is reality. So it was a little surprising when I discovered how well the Mtron MOBI 3500 SSD came packaged using an over-needed amount of protection. Back at the start of 2008 I witnessed a Crucial/Lexar demonstration of a SSD fastened to a paint-mixer and being shaken while a video game was being played be a CES convention-goer. Unlike the Hard Disk Drive (HDD), SSD's are practically impervious to impact damage and do not require extra-special packing precautions.
Nevertheless, Mtron has safely nestled the MSD-SATA3535-064 in a hallowed-foam enclosure with the care a flight data recorder might receive - and perhaps that is the reason for all of the extra attention. Solid State Drives are very popular items in military and aerospace technology, primarily because of their ability to withstand shock in excess of 1500 G's. The Solid State Drive offers the same rugged longevity (actually, SSD's offer better durability than a flight data recorder), which amounts to safer data even after the worst disasters.
Standard 3.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded in this SATA 2.0 SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition to any existing desktop system drives. The mounting positions matched up to the drive cage rails on my Cooler Master Cosmos Black Label Computer Case, and without any trouble at all I was quickly loading the Windows XP SP-3 Operating System image on this 64GB SATA Solid State Drive.
The Mtron MSD-SATA3535-064 SLC SSD is encased in an metal half shell, which fastens from the underside with counter-sunk screws. A reverse-side view of the MSD-SATA3535 enclosure reveals standard SATA power and data interface connections, with jumper pins to assisgn cable/channel dependancy. In addition to Enterprise and desktop computer usage, this Mtron MOBI 3500 Solid State Drive can be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems.
In the next section Benchmark Reviews begins the performance testing on this Solid State Drive, and we determine just how well the MOBI 3500 SSD compares to the best-performing competition.