The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
The MyDigitalSSD 120GB BP4 SATA 3 SSD completed Vantage HDD Suite testing with a Total Point Score of 55907 with a high transfer speed of 355MB/s while testing in Media Center. In all eight tests, the BP4 only reached SATA 3 speeds on three of the tests and this mark is a bit lower than expected as we can see here:
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
I have to make a confession that, just before writing this summary, I checked out the three other existing reviews that displayed ATTO benchmark results because I couldn’t really believe the sequential read performance was that high. Surprisingly, it was close in one case but not the two others. Our benchmark results of just below 400MB/s for both the 120 and 240GB versions of this drive are definitely a plus. It beat that of arguably the top two SSDs on the market to date. I am very curious as to whether we are going to see this in similar reviews using this new Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode 2 memory.
As much as we liked the high sequential read performance, all things have to be considered and once again, PCMark Vantage just didn’t like the MyDigitalSSD BP4, leaving a Total Point score well below 60,000 points. It could simply be an oddity where Vantage doesn’t agree with the Phison four channel controller and this is why we conduct a full battery of tests that seem to confirm and reconfirm at times. In high sequential data testing with incompressible data, the BP4 displayed a read result of 516MB/s and write result of 398MB/s and that is plenty strong for how little is being taken from your pocketbook.
The MyDigitalSSD 240GB BP4 is only $159.99 at Amazon right now, a price that has it sitting at 66 cents per gigabyte and that is unheard of for a new release. Add to that the fact that the Phison S8 controller has been out for awhile, Toshibas reputation for memory is one of the best and the BP4 comes with a standard three year warranty and this is definitely a win win.