TESTING SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY
Since the MyDigitalSSD BP3 is a SATA 3.0 device, Turbo SATA 6GBPS mode was turned on, and Turbo USB 3.0 off in order to maximize performance. Considering the motherboard SATA 3.0 inputs utilize a Marvell controller, the 9128 chipset drivers were upgraded to firmware 126.96.36.1990 and chosen over standard/generic drivers. In addition, only stock firmware was available for the 512GB MyDigitalSSD BP3.
In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.
In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.
Real-world benchmarks included a batch of files and folders with capacities of 250MB, 500MB, and 1000MB respectively to test file transfer performance. Windows 7 boot times were also monitored and timed starting from the OS load screen to Steams login window (the last program to load).
For consistency, each test was run three times for the cache to kick in, utilizing AHCI as the storage mode. The average of all three was taken as the final result.
ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.47
The ATTO Disk Benchmark measures storage performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. ATTO is rated to test RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives.
As always, ATTO provides crystal-clear and accurate results. The speeds achieved by the BP3 are virtually identical to those in the specifications.