MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 M.2 SSD Review – Exploring M.2 With and Without FNet HybriDisk Caching

M.2 SSD REPLACEMENT AND HYBRIDISK INSTALLATION

Looking at our system in its pre-configured state, we might suggest that this is typical pre-configured laptop performance, thus wanting to build a better machine.  As we two MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 M.2 SSDs (64 and 128GB), we thought this the ideal opportunity to see just how much we could improve the system, all the while maintaining the pre-configured OS and data that was their prior.

MyDigitalSSD SC2 M.2 64GB SSD Dual SSDs 2

The bonus here is that FNet HybriDisk Caching software is included with the purchase of the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 SSD, and also, MyDigitalSSD marketing reps had been bragging to us for some time that HybriDisk was as close as we were going to get to performance similar to what we saw with NVELO Dataplex some time ago.

Replacing the M.2 SATA 3 SSD was a matter of removing a screw and switching SSDs, exactly the same as it would be for a mSATA form factor.  Installation of FNet HybriDisk was a matter of downloading the software from MyDigitalSSD and following their instructions.  KEY POINT!  Ensure on your installation of HybriDisk that ‘Maximized Mode’ is selected.  If it is not, you will have substandard SSD write performance from the software.

HDD AND SUPER CACHE 2 SSD RAW PERFORMANCE

The best way to identify any performance increase would be to know the true speed of the hard drive, before caching, as well as the SSD.  Only then can we determine how close to true SSD speeds HybriDisk can get us.  Checking the performance of the Seagate HDD once again, performance hasn’t change with read and write speeds of the hard drive just over 100MB/s.  These ATTO and  Crystal DiskMark result depicts the new MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 64GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD performance in our Test Bench:

ATTO

Y510 MDSSDSC2 SSD ATTO

CRYSTAL DISKMARK

Y510 MDSSDSC2 SSD CDM

We think transferring incompressible data has a bit of an impact as we see write performance of  Crystal DiskMark drop below 1/2 of the 374MB/s high of ATTO Disk Benchmark.  Conversely, high sequential read performance of 523MB/s is a great performance benchmark for such an SSD.

FNET HYBRIDISK ENABLED

These tests demonstrate the performance of the hard drive with FNet HybriDisk and the tests were conducted immediately after HybriDisk was enabled:

ATTO

Hybridisk Y510 HDD SSD ATTO

CRYSTAL DISKMARK

Hybridisk Y510 HDD SSD CDM

By comparing the benchmarks of the SSD alone above to that of the hard drive when cached with that SSD below, we can see that HybriDisk has accomplished what only Dataplex had done prior, almost equalling the SSD performance in HDD caching.

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Can I use this on Intel’s next unit of computing, ie the one mentioned on this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4MX-0V8l4

Les@TheSSDReview
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I believe that is an mSATA no?

Matt Dawson
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MyDigitalSSD offers this same product in mSATA. Just do a search for Super Cache 2 mSATA.

Erik
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Erik

Intels Smart Response Technology caching solution also lets you set the cache size and use the rest of the ssd as you wish. I’ve had this setup for almost two years..

Matt Dawson
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Matt Dawson

Yes this may be true but one cannot simply buy that cache software without buying a computer/MB that supports it.

GiLL
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GiLL

How do you copy or image the windows OS boot section from the current HDD to the SSD?

John G.
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John G.

You need to use a cloning program. Also, you will need to remove the HDD and use a USB to SATA connector so that the drive is properly recognized for copying.

Les@TheSSDReview
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We typically use Paragon…

John G.
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John G.

I think I used Acronis. After I figured out what I was doing it was painless…I have to admit I hadn’t tried cloning an OS HDD since Win XP days, and figuring out how to contend with UEFI was a small challenge. BTW, Les, your review is really spot-on with the gains from implementing this arrangement.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Thanks John!

shaky
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shaky

Hello. I stand in front that procedure with a lenovo y510p. Do I really have to remove the 1tb hdd and connect it via usb? I have no usb/sata adapter. Could I make a new installation from the scratch if nothing goes? Thank you.

Les@TheSSDReview
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That system accommodates both SSDs does it not? Of course you can.

John G.
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John G.

It may depend on what cloning program you are using. With Acronis I had to remove the HDD, plug it in via usb/sata adapter, boot from an Acronis boot manager, clone the drive, change the boot drive in the BIOS to the SSD, and then reinstall the HDD. I wasted about 10 hours trying to clone the HDD in place, and was very frustrated!! Every time I tried with Acronis it kept giving me errors 🙁 I don’t know if the error was because of the cloning program, the UEFI boot loader (Win 8 Feature), or some sort of i/o… Read more »

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Ok I ve forgotten to say that it was Windows 7 I was going to install. I made also somehow the “lumber jack” method to prevent any Errors. Means: I plugged off the 1 TB HDD, plugged in MyDigital SC 128GB and switched on the Lenovo with the Windows DVD inside. After Windows was installed I replaced the HDD and wiped the (former) System partition. Everything is fine now. Just -it might be a stupid question – I wonder whether I ever need fnet hybrid Software since I have a pure SSD now with complete Windows 7 and Office 2007… Read more »

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Jose

Hi, planning to add this SSD to my y510p, however im not sure if should install the OS in this drive, having already a OCZ Vertex 4, which is faster ? which would you guys recommend to have the OS installed and why. Thanks

Les@TheSSDReview
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The difference will be minimal for the typical user. If you have the space available though, buying the larger SSD from this article, split partitioning it on say a 75/25 mix and using the lesser partition for a cache of your HDD that you just added for more capacity is ideal.

That is of course ONLY plan to add a HDD for capacity. If not, the two SSDs make that machine a monster.

shaky
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shaky

I use the SC 2 as System ssd in BIOS AHCI mode. I do not Need Intel Rapid Storage Technology, right? And: what adjustments should I make for Optimum Cache managment, and where?
Many thanks