Memoright MS-701 mSATA SSD Review – SF-2281 Performance and 240GB Capacity Earns Top Marks


Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

Something we definitely never expected from Anvil testing was IOPS results of 80,000 which are untouchable on an mSATA SSD.  Not only did the excellent transfer speeds and very quick disk access speeds help things along but the Total Score of 3800 even surpassed the Samsung PM830 256GB mSATA SSD we reviewed by close to 1200 points.


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

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.

blankWe needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.


The Memoright MS-701 pulled through with a high of 65561 points which placed it above the Runcore T50 SSD (same SF-2281 processor) and just below the Micron C400 we recently reviewed. The high transfer speed was an incredible 408MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center.

blankThe following chart displays the hierarchy of mSATA SSDs we have tested to date.  The order is determined only by PCMark Vantage Total Point Score results.



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    I absolutely love your reviews. The format is fantastic. Your web pages load fast. The reading is eazy to digest. Your direct in your praise and criticisms. You make it easy for someone to narrow down their choices when making a buying decision.

    Thank you.

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    I agree with jsfitz54. I’m new to msata SSDs; I just learned about them a week ago, when I had to replace my 4-year-old ThinkPad R61 with a a 4-year-old ThinkPad W500. Most if what I’ve learned about SSDs has come from your site. Earlier I had resolved to buy no more spinning drives, and when I ordered my W500 on eBay, within hours I ordered a 180GB 2.5-inch SSD to hold my data. Now, based largely on your site, I’ve ordered a 128GB SSD to hold my Windows 64 OS and cache. SSDs become addictive; My W500 and its dock offer five more bays (two 2.5-inch disk-drive bays, one ExpressCard/54 slot, one SDHC slot, and 1 CompactFlash slot), and I find myself spending hours dreaming about ways to fill them with solid state storage.

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      Thank you Paul and jsfitz54. It is absolutely great to hear this type of thing. The compliments are appreciated and don’t be afraid to jump in or hop on the Forums if you ever need assistance at all.

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    Nice review! Any idea of how much this will retail for?

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    Am I missing something or are you not including the power consumptions of the ssds?

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      Power consumption can be found in specifications and, yes, we do not monitor power consumption for consumers SSDs. We feel the difference between consumer SSDs is negligible and the main point that should be made lies in the comparison between an SSD and hard drive. The SSD uses less power which provides better battery life.

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    I am thinking of buying an alienware and was hoping to go for a 512 GB SSD , however it seems out of budget. i am thinking of going for a 64GB mSATA MiniCard and 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive.
    I want to use the SSD for quickboot up time and other ivy bridge features like instant on. would M- sata be compatible with those features of intel ivy bridge?

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