Monster Digital 400GB Le Mans SSD Review – Monster Enters The SSD Arena With Style


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.



Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage. All do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or dont want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.

Benchmark software used by The SSD Review can be obtained by clicking on the title of each application as all may be downloaded without cost to the consumer.


ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

blankThe sequential speeds from the Le Mans are right inline with the published specifications, with over 500MB/s for both read and write speeds.


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    It’s crazy how the 480 SFs 4k writes totally go tits-up vs the 240 and 120. I’d muuuch rather have 2x240s for almost the same price. That sata3 to usb3 adapter is nice…they’d be crazy not to sell it on the side.

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    Looks like it comes in at about $680 – $700! I’d much rather have a pair of 240gb V3s for $460 or even 3 240’s for ~$700.

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    565 seq atto reads is really impressive

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    scsi = no TRIM with win. 7 need to use 10 series driver

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    First and foremost, Kingston’s HyperX SSD Upgrade Kits are still the best comprehensive retail box. It includes the tools, adapters, screws, cables, external enclosure (because having an SSD sitting out in plain site isn’t ideal), and Acronis software. In fact, that plate looks just like Patriot Memory’s. That said, just about every SATAIII synchronous and asynchronous SSD offers better 4K write. I would opt to buy any other brand SATAIII for a better price, bundle, and/or desktop experience. Nice try, but the name isn’t enough.

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