It had been in the test phase for some time but Anvil Storage utilities is now available without an expiring date stamp on it. 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 use in our benchmark testing.
The high sequential write speeds are getting just a bit low for our liking but, considering this SSD is constructed to be a caching SSD and only has two modules of NAND flash memory that would limit its performance, we still like what we see.
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
MYDIGITALSSD SC2 128GB M.2 SATA 6G SSD VANTAGE SCORE
The Total Score obtained by the SC2 was 45644 and this is a bit low, however, we wanted to highlight the data transfer speed of 345MB/s while testing in media center. This is a definite credit to the SC2.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
If I know Matt Dawson (CEO of MyDigitalSSD) as well as I think I do, he is probably pulling his hair out right now fresh off the second round of colorful expletives that can’t be written here. After all, he provided two of the his newest Super Cache 2 M.2 SSDs , at different capacities, fully expecting they be reviewed in an appropriate laptop, such as the Lenovo Y510 that we have on hand for instance. Been there,done that… When we thought of the pure SSD/cached HDD configuration that would be entirely possible with this SSD, testing the SC2 as the native SSD it is just made sense. In short, I wondered whether the SC2 could survive as a dual-boot/cache drive in the same instance. That’s why came it to our main test bench.
To look at performance, we need to understand that the low write performance isn’t the effect of the Phison controller whatsoever, it is the aftermath of only having two modules of NAND flash memory routing into the controller. This limits performance and it is an inevitable reality when we are considering the fact that this SSD is only 42mm long. It still has great read performance, great access times and, by all indicators, there isn’t a person in the world that could differentiate between this SSD and any other in a typical user scenario system performance test. To compare this SSD to the hard drive if it were to be the boot drive would be like racing a Ford Focus against a Ferrari, the Ferrari of course being the SC2.
Without exception we have to look at value. Matt made an interesting decision in the SSD configuration as, on one hand we see premium NAND flash memory yet, the controller is mid-level. Checking out Amazon, this 128GB SSD sells for $89.99 and that includes HybriDisk. That’s a killer low price and really, no more needs to be said, considering this comes with a 3 year warranty as well.
Considering MyDigitalSSD were amongst the first to jump on the M.2 SSD train, added a solution that simply makes alot of sense when we look at a SSD/HDD combination, and then priced it even below most of the typical SSDs we see today, once again the SC2 M.2 SSD gets Editor’s Choice.