MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Cache mSATA SSD Review

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

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.

We 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.

MYDIGITALSSD SUPER CACHE mSATA VANTAGE RESULTS

The Total Point Score attained by the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache was 35735 points with a high transfer speed of 201MB/s while testing in Media Center.  This places it just above the MyDigitalSSD 128GB SSD as well as the Samsung PM810.  Here are the PCMark Vantage results with transfer speeds attained in each test segment:

The following chart includes all of the mSATA SSDs tested to date and ranking has been determined solely through PCMark Vantage Total Point results.

5 comments

  1. how do you explain that write transfer rate through the cache is better than direct access to HDD? since anyhow the data has to be written to HDD, the performance is based on the Weakest point, i.e the HDD tyhroughput? (may be i write here spupidities but since I am not an expert, I take the chance…

    • Whether people care to believe so or not, much synthetic testing actually mimics reality. In the case of the HDD vs the cached HDD, it is particularly so. First and foremost, the cached HDD starts and shuts down considerably faster than the regular HDD. This is because the large cache retains frequently used information for access quickly, much as a carpenter secures his tools in a locked room or a new home rather than out in his truck. The tools are quicker to retrieve and, therefore, the work gets done quicker. The cached HDD is much the same and the beauty of this system is that, even in typical use, the cached HDD is visibly quicker in all applications than the regualr HDD. Hope this helps.

  2. Gna buy the lenovo thinkpad twist!
    Plan to use iTunes quite frequently due to my iOS devices
    It has a 7200rpm 500gb hdd+24gb mSATA
    Will it load fast?

  3. I have a Lenovo y580 without any ssd and its motherboard does not support SRT. It only has an empty msata slot and i am planning to buy a small ssd(32gb or 64gb) for caching. Does the mydigital super cache already have a caching software in its firmware or do we have to install a third party software. Also which cashing software (available to the consumer) would you recommend?

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