MyDigitalSSD is a small outfit operating out of upstate New York that aims to compete with the top brands at fair prices. They've been around since 2007 and have done quite the job considering their relative size. Their stated goal as a company is to stand out for reliable service by giving a very high-quality product that will last and remain reliable while still trying to give the best performance to value possible.
After our recent review of the Patriot Burst 480GB, we have recently aimed at looking at larger capacity SATA drives, and this is our second one in the list. This drive features Toshiba TLC NAND and the same Phison S11 controller featured in the other drive, as its a real go-to for lower-priced drives. All future drives will feature overprovisioning, though marketing only had older unprovisioned drives in stock.
While as before I mentioned this is a part of many reviews to come in the high capacity storage range and most of my focus will be on these being secondary drives for games and other tasks, this drive still should be considered for a primary OS Drive for your desktop or a laptop.
The drive is currently available on Mydigitaldiscount (MydigitalSSDs own storefront) for $95 which is just under 20 cents a gigabyte and we can see how far the prices have gone, since last summer that was the price of a 256GB drive. the drives carry a 3-year warranty and a 2 million hour MTBF, as well as a power consumption active of 1945mW, and an idle power consumption of 315mw. finally with a 5mW in DEVSLP which is quite impressive. This again is a far cry from what some of the m.2 drives get but again, this is still much better than hard drives.
First Look at the MyDigitalSSD SuperBoot2 480GB SSD- Unboxing and Closer Look
The MyDigitalSSD SuperBoot2 comes in a very similar packaging to what we looked at earlier this week with the Patriot Burst, a thin printed cardboard box with all the basic product information being noted on the box, and a clamshell plastic case inside to hold the SSD.
On the front, we see a hero shot of the SSD as well as their twitter page and website address and its stated 560MB/s maximum read and 500MB/s maximum writes.
Looking at the back of the box we see like most other drives its a 7mm SSD being able to fit into just about any laptop as well as being SATA 3 and a 2.5" form factor. We see MyDigitalSSD listing all of the features and even explaining that it uses a Phison controller, I wish drives were more upfront about the hardware they use in them as they are.
Here are whats listed there.
- PHISON PS3111 controller
- Low-profile 7mm case design
- Large storage capacity
- Low power consumption
- High-speed SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III) interface
- Backward compatible to SATA 3Gb/s (SATA II)
- Withstand extreme shock and vibration
- Supports DDR3 I/O interface
- Power management supported
- NCQ command set
- RAID, SMART, and TRIM support
- 3-year warranty
This drive uses a similar enclosure to what other manufacturers use now, with a plastic enclosure as opposed to the metal I've come accustomed to with older drives.
And finally, here we can see the SATA power and data connectors in all their glory.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen R7 1700 @ 3.4GHz|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 3200MHz|
|OS||Windows 10-64 Bit Spring 2018 Update|
|Motherboard||Asus X370 ROG Hero IV|
|Case||Phanteks Enthoo Luxe|
MyDigitalSSD SuperBoot2 480GB SSD Performance Benchmarks
Crystal Disk Info 7.5.1
Crystal Disk Info is a wide tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It will display temperatures, the number of power on hours, the number of times it has been powered on, and even informing you of the firmware version of the device.
For those with eagle eyes you may have spotted the number of hours used on it, and well I've had it connected to my desktop for quite a while. looking here we can see that TRIM and all the other features are enabled.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.
Here we see for the small files and the short term the Patriot drive takes the lead, though as files get larger the drive from MyDigitalSSD takes the lead and keeps it very close, so the Patriot drive lives up to its name and is faster here in bursts, and the benchmark shows that with something like game files you're probably better off with the offering from MyDigitalSSD
Crystal Disk Mark 6.0
CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software Made by a Japanese coder named Hiyohiyo and is one of the simplest and most frequently used tests for storage due to its simple and easy to understand UI. It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill).
Here we see the SuperBoost2 taking a marginal lead, though with storage don't expect huge performance gains from one drive to another. With 4K Data creating the divide with a 12% lead going to the SuperBoost2 and sub 5% gains across the board mostly.
AS SSD is the opposite of ATTO as it uses incompressible data rather than compressible data and simulates the worst possible scenario imaginable for an SSD which gives the best understanding of performance when pushing the drive to its limits.
We separate the IOPS and MB/s in the results for ease of reading.
In the worst case scenario here we see the SuperBoost2 Take a solid advantage in the 4k 64 thread workload, while the single threaded workload the Patriot drive took the lead. and a similar story through the write IOPS in the 512 bit was strongly in favor of the SuperBoot2.
The MyDigitalSSD SuperBoost 2 is currently priced at $94.99 on their website, and while not as cheap as the Patriot drive we put against it, is still definitely a bargain. Pricing for storage hasn't been this good in a very long time and I would recommend for our readers to take a serious look at the storage landscape now. For the purposes of a gaming drive, I think the SuperBoost2 will do a great job at its given price point and should give users a fantastic experience in open world games or even as a primary boot drive. Its read and write performance is very solid and many users who want a good value for solid performance won't be missing out on much with this drive.
Finally, we would appreciate any feedback on our testing methodology and what you would like to see added or changed. With these being SATA drives I would like to know what our users' real world scenarios would be like and any benchmarks they would like tested. As always I'll be reading the comment section for feedback...and those dank memes.
A small step up in performance for a small step up in price, all in all a solid well rounded drive.
- Very good general performance
- Great bang for buck
- Solid Warranty
- Priced a few bucks more than the comptition
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