The MyDigitalSSD Smart Series mSATA SSD family is available in three capacities, 64, 128 and 256GB, the key points here being ‘now available‘ and the fact that this is the highest capacity of any mSATA SSD we know of to date. Performance is not listed, as of yet, but we are aware that this mSATA SSD contains the SF-2281 SATA 3 processor, which means that it is probably pushing speeds of 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write with around 85,000 IOPS at low 4k random write disk access. Pricing is set at $99.99, $179.99 and $319.99 at Amazon and the Smart comes with a three year warranty.
What still amazes me is that this mSATA SSD, which may be arguably one of the fastest consumer storage mediums available today, is only 1/3 the size of a business card, is only slightly higher than a 25 cent piece, and weighs only 6-7 grams.
SMART MSATA SSD COMPONENTS
The MyDigitalSSD Smart Series SSD family is SATA 3 and powered by the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. Statements made by both MyDigital SSD and ADATA, with respect to the SX300, label the NAND flash memory as being either synchronous or Toggle Mode premium, however, as we can see here, NAND identification is not as we would typically see.
All attempts to identify this memory, via the internet, met with no success and, thus far, there has been no return from either company but to say that it is premium memory.
There are four 64GB memory modules on the mSATA SSD which total the advertised 256GB capacity, although formatting brings that down to 238GB of available user capacity. In the case of every other ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD on the market (other than this and ADATA XPG family), the capacity we would normally see is 240GB which means the user gets an additional 7% capacity at no price increase. Actually, pricing on this SSD is significantly lower than the industry norm for mSATA SSDs at present.