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Mtron MOBI 3000 2.5-Inch 16GB SSD MSD-SATA3025 E-mail
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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 25 February 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mtron MOBI 3000 2.5-Inch 16GB SSD MSD-SATA3025
SDD Features and Specifications
Mtron MOBI Closer Look
Mtron MSD-SATA3025 Detailed Features
SSD Testing Methodology
HD Tach Benchmarks
System Speed Test Results
SSD Final Thoughts
MSD-SATA3025 Conclusion

HD Tach Benchmarks

EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

WARNING: It has recently been discovered that all Intel ICH9 and ICH9R chipsets which come on the 3 and 4 series motherboards exhibit a bandwidth limit of approximately 80MBps when not operating in ACHI mode (BIOS configuration). Benchmark Reviews has confirmed this with Intel Corporation, who are working on a solution. Since the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 motherboard used for testing also comes equipped with a JMicron JMB363 SATA controller for two additional SATA-II ports, we will re-test the drives and post new results. It is unfortunate that neither the SSD manufacturer, nor Intel, disclosed this information prior to the publication of this article. Please accept our apology for any confusion this may have caused.

UPDATE: The updated HD Tach Results have been posted on 06 March 2008. The remainder of this article will be updated as soon as testing is complete.

Now we can get down to business. Benchmark Reviews prides itself on using the most comprehensive tools available to test the performance of products; after all, we try our best to live up to the name. Although SSD's clearly offer some advantages, it sometimes takes seeing a product compared to the performance of others in order to make the connection. In the tests below, Benchmark Reviews utilized the HD Tach RW tool to compare the Mtron MOBI 3000 2.5-Inch 16GB SSD MSD-SATA3025 to several other relative products.

HD Tach is a software program for Microsoft Windows that tests the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of the attached storage device. For the record. every single product tested was brand new and never used. HD Tach allows write-bandwidth tests only if no partition is present. Additionally, each and every product was tested five times with the average result displayed here.

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To begin our comparisons, we put the recently reviewed OCZ 64GB OCZSSD64GB SSD directly against the Mtron MOBI 3000 SSD. The very first thing that becomes evident is how capacity has no effect on the sequential read speed, which should be the case for any flash-based drive. The similarities end here, however.

While OCZ favors the more economical Samsung MCBQE64GBMP part to build their SSD, Mtron makes their own product. The performance in both sequential read and burst speeds seems very defined, and almost enough to place the Samsung SSD among Hard Disk Drive performance results. The MOBI 3000 was able to outperform the OCZSSD64GB by more than 41.0 MBps in the data burst speed test, and averaged exactly 47.0 MBps better sequential read speeds. The toughest result to swallow was the write test, which offered speeds nearly equal to the OCZ read speed. The final difference came by way of the random access time, or response time, where the MOBI 3000 proved itself twice as fast with a 0.1 ms response.

So far, the MOBI has devoured the OCZ SSD, and the performance results speak for themselves. As more of our Solid State Disk products release from embargo, I will update these charts with more SSD results.

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Our next match-up puts the Mtron MOBI 3000 SSD against the most popular desktop hard disk drive of all time: the Western Digital Raptor. While we have tested all four variations of the Raptor, the 74GB version was the most popular among gamers and so that's what we displayed. All four Raptor hard drives performed nearly the same, with only very negligible differences in burst and average speeds.

Comparing the MOBI to the Raptor may amount to the largest factor for most enthusiasts considering the new SSD technology. In the Burst Speed tests, the Raptor averaged 127.9 MBps compared to the MOBI's 103.3. This is not a huge surprise, since the combination of fast spindle speed and large 16MB cache buffer amount to a substantial burst capability. Over the span of capacity however, the advantage lends itself to the Mtron SSD. The MOBI averaged 102.4 MBps (which by all accounts is fantastic for any SSD) while the Raptor was clearly beaten with a 78.2 MBps sequential read average. The only test in which the Raptor prevailed was in write bandwidth, where the MOBI's 51.8 MBps was slower than the Raptor's 68.2. Although not shown, the other Raptor models also performed within 3% of these results.

Suffice it to say, the Mtron MOBI 3000 SSD certainly measures up well against the entire Western Digital Raptor line of Hard Disk Drives. Cost aside, the near-instant 0.1 ms response time is days ahead of the Raptor's 7.8ms, as was the read bandwidth. The write bandwidth and burst reads were both very similar in performance, however still favor the Raptor.

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Just for good measure, I have included the test results of the Mtron MOBI 3000 SSD matched up against Seagates newest 7200.11 Hard Disk Drive. The 7200.11 features a cache buffer twice the size of previous hard disks, totaling 32MB. This comes into play early on in the tests, as the Seagate 7200.11 actually beats out the Western Digital Raptor in sequential read speed performance by a long shot. But this isn't a Raptor vs 7200.11 review, now is it?

Pressing along with its 103.3 MBps burst, the MOBI is overwhelmed by the Seagate 7200.11 burst of 120.0 MBps; seemingly identical to the Raptor comparison before it. Unlike the previous comparison however, the 7200.11 puts all 32MB worth of cache buffer to use as sequential read speeds reach 88.8 MBps on average, compared to the 102.4 MBps offered by the more powerful Mtron MOBI.

With Hard Disk Drive cache buffers growing larger and larger, perhaps there is a reasonable middle ground that provides the best of both worlds. Seagate recently contacted Benchmark Review to test a hybrid drive that stresses this point. Aside from the immediate response time, SSD's still seem to have some ground to cover before beating HDD's in bandwidth throughput. I suspect that hybrid drives could play an important role in this argument very soon.

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Just like I stated at the very beginning of this article, the system disk is the primary factor in computer performance. Processor and system memory all make an impact, but they wait on the slowest man in the race to retrieve data, and that's presently the Hard Disk Drive. Not even an increased bus speeds can make a difference, because when you open a file or application, you're not waiting on your CPU or RAM to process that response, you're waiting on the disk. I have please hundreds of customers with the upsell to Raptor desktop drives in their system, but very soon this will have to change.



 

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