Mach Extreme MX-DS 40GB SSD Review – Testing Criteria and SSD Specifications

TEST BENCH CONFIGURATION

Motherboard Asus Rampage III Gene SATA 6Gb/s USB3
CPU Intel i7-930 CPU@2.80Ghz (OC’d to 3.2Ghz)
RAM 6Gb G.Skill 1600 Triple Channel
Graphics MSI N460GTX DDR5 768MB
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600w
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212+
OS Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Wifi Belkin Surf & Share Wireless USB Adapter
Monitor Dell E228WFP 22″ Flat Panel
Desktop Case BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case (x)
Front Loading Mobile SSD Rack Icy Dock SSD 4 x 2.5″ Mobile Rack (x)

SOFTWARE AND TEST PROTOCOL

Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, HDTach, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage.  The first four do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or don’t want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.

In order to ensure accuracy of tests throughout the evaluations, tests may be repeated or conducted in safe mode to confim consistency throughout and eliminate any possibility of a wild card result.  Safe mode may be utilized as well as any other number of set criteria to ensure that tests conducted at present do not differ from those conducted in the past.  Where comparative SSDs are still in the possession of The SSD Review, we will follow every opportunity to gain fresh test evaluations from sample media.

We also like to provide a bit of background to the reader that all SSDs are not created equal and this can have a confusing impression to users that are not aware of the intricacies of testing their SSD. SandForce SSDs utilize compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not.  This presents  a  false portrayal of their ability when testing a SandForce SSD with software such as Crystal DiskMark-Random Data Mode or AS SSD.

A comparison of a Samsung, Crucial or Intel to the SandForce will result in the SandForce appearing to have inferior performance scores whereas, PC Mark Vantage HDD Suite will show the SandForce to be equal and sometimes better through synthetic testing that represents the users normal daily computing pattern.  This is followed with an accurate measurement for all tests that provides consistently accurate results across all SSD media.  All comparison testing at The SSD Review is through use of this software.

SSD INFORMATION – CRYSTAL DISK INFO

A little background on the firmware, ver. 320A13Fo, shows its release date to be 21 sep 10.

SPECIFICATIONS

Model Name MXSSD2MDS-40G
NAND Flash MLC
Capacity 40GB
Interface Type SATA II
Form Factor 2.5″
Dimension 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3(LxWxH)
Lightweight 85g
Cache none
Max. Read Performance Up to 220MB/s
Max. Write Performance Up to 210MB/s
Sustained Write Up to 120MB/s
IOPS up to 30,000
Seek Time <0.2ms
RAID Support 0
TRIM Support
Hot Plug / Removal Support
Low Power Consumption DC 5V
Shock Resistant 1,500G
MTBF +1,500,000 Hours
Vibration 20GG
Altitude 80,000ft
Operating Temp. 0 ~ +70? ?
Storage Temp. -45 ~ +85??
Data Reliability Built-in EDC/ECC function
OS Support Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / WinCE / Linux series: Fedora, Ubuntu, Solaris, etc. / DOS
Certifications RoHS / FCC / CE / Windows 7 / Mac OS
Other features SandForce DuraClass / DuraWrite / RAISE / Garbage Collection technologies support
Lifetime 5 Years +
Warranty 2 Years


PG1 – INTRODUCTION AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

PG2 – TEST CRITERIA & SSD SPECIFICATIONS

pg3 – BENCHMARKS

PG4 – VANTAGE TESTING AND FINAL THOUGHTS

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