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Mach Extreme MX-DS 40GB Solid State Drive Review

The SSD Review has recently taken the time to evaluate solid state drives from around  the world with  reviews on products from Memoright in Taiwan and Renice in China. We are going to finish off our tour with another peak at the offerings in Taiwan as we review the Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS 40GB solid state drive.

The unique similarity of all 3 SSDs is that their distribution in North America, at least up until our reviews, has been pretty much extinct since Memorights entry in 2007.

Mach Xtreme Technology is a Taiwan based company which was established just this year and a quick look at the drive and their website tells us, “This brand has flare!”.  They are not only joining up with world class artists to ensure that their branding  is very unique, but also, they have invested in SandForce processors for their top end product to guarantee quality and success.  Their design is sure to hit a home run with the younger generation through graphic representation from artists such as Does and Worm.  Admittedly, we were so fascinated by the eye candy of their site and packaging that we almost forgot what we were here for.  Lets get to it shall we?

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The exterior packaging of the MX-DS 40GB SSD was about the size of two DVD cases put together and the Mach Xtreme Technology design does a great job of getting the consumers attention.  The back clearly displayed the flags of countries of which it could be purchased along with a product description in each language.  The performance specifications in the upper left corner caught our eye they listed the maximum sequential read and write access speeds as only 220MB/s and 210MB/s.  Could this be with a SandForce processor inside?

Before testing we had thought we would throw a quick note to MX-Tech with some questions and learned that, the MSRP would be $109 and they are presently available in Australia, Asia and Europe. It was the next passage of their response that really caught our attention though.  In response to the question regarding disk access speeds, we were told that they preferred to be very conservative in their listed specifications, however, the results may be a bit better now with updated SandForce firmware.  Whats that? Where have we been hearing this lately?  (Hint. Hint. See our Renice and Memoright reviews of late).

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A few things caught our attention when we opened the package as well, the first being the attractive 2.5″-3.5″ adapter plate for those installing the drive into a desktop.  We were both impressed and amused with the guarantee found within that stated that each drive was 100% hand tested.  I wonder if OCZ could pull that off?

The SSD circuit board is well protected by a smooth silver metal case and contains the distinctive SandForce SF-1200 processor and 12x4GB Intel NAND flash memory chips totalling 48GB.

Once over provisioning is accounted for, the drive is listed as a 40GB SSD which leaves the user with a total of 37GB after formatting.

PG1 – INTRODUCTION AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

PG2 – TEST CRITERIA & SSD SPECIFICATIONS

pg3 – BENCHMARKS

PG4 – VANTAGE TESTING AND FINAL THOUGHTS

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
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