MyDigitalSSD BulletProof 3 mSATA 256GB SSD Review – Availability, Capacity and Value


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta besting 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.

Our Anvil results tell much the same story where we have some great access times for visible performance countered by that of low 4k scores and transfer speeds when comparing this mSATA SSD to the MyDigitalSSD SMART mSATA SSD that we recently reviewed.  Similarly, we also get a first look at the IOPS performance for the first time which we might consider average for an mSATA SSD.


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


The Bullet Proof 3 had a Total Point Score result of 48490  points with a high transfer speed of 304MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center. Although this might normally be a substandard score for the typical 2.5″ SSD today, it is midrange for the mSATA SSD.


Our mSATA SSD Chart displays all mSATA SSDs tested to date and ranks them in order of their PCMark Vantage Total Point Score only:



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    why is this so much slower than its SMART drive =/

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      The SMART is based on the SandForce controller, a premium product, whereas the Phison S8 is meant to answer the question of value vs. performance.

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        I’ve heard a lot of bad things about SandForce controllers. Is it a thing of the past? Would going with the Phison give me a more stable SSD, if a bit slower?

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        Any problems rumored by SF controllers are very much a thing of the past and what better proof could thee be from there partnership and validation through Intel, purchase and validation through LSI, partnership with SanDisk and Toshiba and now, last but not least, validation through Mac. SandForce is, and has always been, a top tier SSD and I have run them extensively since day one without a single problem. Phison is a nice SSD and you will see no visible difference unless you have specific transfer tasks in mind.

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        Okay, I guess it’s still Phison then – but not for the reasons I initially thought. 🙂 Thanks!

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    Is this going to be updated for the new firmware release?

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