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MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 SATA III 512GB SSD Review – A Force Behind SSD Affordability

When you think about SSDs, the first names that come to mind are probably those of bigger companies, such as OCZ, Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Kingston, and SanDisk…just to name a few. Recently however, a fairly new company named MyDigitalSSD has been making headlines, especially here on The SSD Review. Keeping the trend alive, we take a fresh look at the new 512GB MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 Solid State Drive.

INTRODUCTION

The main aspect that has kept consumers away from SSDs since their conception has primarily been the GB/$ ratio. As we have witnessed this year so far, the overall value of SSDs has sky-rocketed as more and more competitors enter the fray. This has led to a decrease in price closer to what consumers have been looking for.

It has come to a point where larger-capacity SSDs have become affordable, which would have been unthinkable a year ago. 512GB SSDs in 2011 retailed at roughly $1000. Now, we see them at around $400 and steadily decreasing in price. MyDigitalSSD advertises their BP3 Series as delivering the best price-to-performance ratios on the market and simply the sweetest performance for the most reasonable prices.

In the case of MyDigitalSSDs 512GB drive, many readers will actually have the opportunity to obtain it, instead of looking at it and similar drives as a fleeting interest.

EXTERIOR AND SPECIFICATIONS

There are four aspects of note in the MyDigitalSSD BP3 512GB SSD specifications: controller, interface, capacity, and price. We are used to seeing SandForce dominate the SSD market, but the Bullet Proof 3 utilizes the Phison S8 controller, on a SATA 6Gbps (3.0) interface. This all corresponds to the price, as the BP3 is based around providing high performance at a lower cost, housing 512GB worth of storage for only $400.

The capacity will be addressed in detail later on, but starting with aesthetics, the front and back both have a nice, professional matte-black finish, with the anterior containing a large red sticker advertising the BP3 SSD:

Mounting holes are also located on the sides and bottom for easy installation, as well as the power and SATA ports. Unfortunately, the packaging does not include a 2.5″ to 3.5″ mounting bracket/adapter:

About Deepak Sharma

I am a big PC enthusiast, and avid gamer. If I'm not tinkering with parts, or reviewing products, you can be 100% certain I'll be on Steam playing something. I love learning about new tech, and teach myself as much as I can, so I can present it to every techie out there!
  • Fudi

    Hi

    Marvell 9128 how do 500mbyte/s transfer speed?

  • http://twitter.com/MyDigitalSSD MyDigitalSSD

    This drive just got even better new FW is out sending a copy to Les Now should be up and available for DL later today.

  • Bill Gates

    Hi Deepak, Nice review. I’m puzzled about how the 4k write transfer rate in CDM is 49, Anvils its 59, and as ssd is 132? Ive never seen such a thing before.

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Thanks Bill,

      I just noticed that as well, and yes very odd. We will wait for Deepak to get back on this.

    • http://twitter.com/RxUrien Deepak Sharma

      Hey Bill,

      Thanks for noticing that. I uploaded the wrong file initially, and re-uploaded the correct one. For some reason, WordPress saves a cache if you have two files with the same name, even if you delete them, and fails to update. So in this case, I deleted the incorrect one, uploaded the correct one with the same filename, but WP overwrote the right one with the wrong one regardless, since the cache has the wrong one stored first.

      I’ll rename the correct picture and upload it ASAP. It’s moments like these I’m glad I backup my review files :)

      Thanks a ton for catching that, and please let me know if you find anything else.

  • fthatyo

    I wan’t an SSD for BF3… But I could also use a new graphics card…

  • alan1476

    When you figure this out Bill let me know. This has me really intrigued. How about a price for a 512gb flavor?

    • http://twitter.com/RxUrien Deepak Sharma

      Amazon has it listed for $419, but I reckon you can find it for $20-$30 cheaper.

  • zer0zer0

    the question is really whether this is better than the crucial M$ which is $20-50 less :)

    • http://twitter.com/RxUrien Deepak Sharma

      Good point. According to the specs, the write speed on the M5 is about 60MB/s slower than the BP3, and roughly the same read speed (I would rate it a tad slower).

      Just depends on what you’re looking for the most, and of course, if you can get a great deal on it! :D

  • t

    you quote max speeds of sandforce drives (which are based from an intel p67/z68) then use a P55 chipset with the under-performing marvell controller to do this review????
    as a reviewer you need some modern hardware that will actually allow the max performance to be shown from this ssd.

  • canthearu

    Did you run a few passes of ASU endurance test over this drive before you ran any tests.

    I found that the Torqx 2 (using Phison controller) performed quite well FOB but write performance fell to crap after all the NAND was written and the drive started to have to perform garbage collection.

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Testing such as this is not part of our test protocol.

      • canthearu

        Unfortunately, FOB performance is not normal for ssds, and phison controllers in the past have shown themselves to be very slow after they have exhausted their FOB state

        I’m talking about catastrophic degradation, my torqx-2 went from more then 100meg per sec writes to 25meg per second writes after FOB condition was exhausted. (sequential writes). I couldn’t really recommend a phison controller based drive until I saw this problem fixed.

        It isn’t generally a huge concern with marvell and sandforce drives, which generally exhibit a smaller amount of difference between FOB and steady state, but it would be very good to see how this particular drive handles it!

      • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

        Well aware of the different levels of performance and our testing for the typical consumer drive has been shaped in the direction that we have found the reader enjoys the most. There seems to be a very fine line between providing a package that keeps the reader interested and then one that becomes a bit too technical for most.

        Unfortunately, there are so many different experiences by so many different consumers that we cannot conform our testing to that of each. I am familiar with your experience and have to say that it doesn’t speak to the new Phison controller, nor is it the norm with the former. Thank you for the suggestions.

      • http://twitter.com/RxUrien Deepak Sharma

        I actually have two OCZ Vertex 2 60GB’s using the SandForce 1200 controller, and they too have degraded an insane amount since their FOB state. There is a massive thread about it at the OCZ forums, but suffice it to say SF isn’t immune to it (which you also mentioned).

        I ran the BP3 through MANY tests, and even separate controllers on the motherboard, and got consistent results the entire time. I gotta agree with Les on this one, but you make some solid points, and I feel it’s something that you would only really find out after heavy, prolonged use (sleep, hibernate, reboot, shutdown, gaming, high-performance apps, read/write tests, moving a ton of files, and doing this all in a regular and timely manner).

        Thanks for the comment!

      • canthearu

        Thanks for clarifying. I was finding that on my Torqx 2 64gig, that after a secure erase, once I wrote 64 gig to the device, that performance fell to 25meg per second and would not really recover.

        It wasn’t so much that pounding the drive resulted in serious degradation … it was simply that it couldn’t maintain decent performance at all once it had to start garbage collecting and erasing cells.

        It is good to hear that phison has solved this problem in their newest controller.

      • http://twitter.com/RxUrien Deepak Sharma

        That’s awful to hear, and I share much the same with my Vertex 2′s.
        Hopefully a fix comes out for you!

        I’m glad you brought it up, and yes Phison did fix this issue. It’s a brand new controller, utilizing SATA 3 for the first time, and works as advertised.

        I guess it’s the price we pay as early adopters! :D

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