SYSTEM START UP BOOST
System boot time is a very important feature of SSDs and one that most only realize after they have used a ‘SSD enabled’ system. Cutting your system start time by a minute each time you use your PC doesn’t seem like much but when you multiply it by the number of times you turn your PC on each day, an SSD gets back days of your life each year. Let’s see how the start time compares before and after FNet HybriDisk has been activated:
As we can see, our start times are more than cut in half when HybriDisk is active. This is an excellent representation of a typical laptop with and without an SSD (or SSD caching) installed.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHT
I have never been a fan of SSD caching simply because, given exception to NVELO Dataplex, manufacturers could never really pinpoint what benefit was gained. To me, the true speed of a solid state drive was second to none, unless of course an SSD could be used to cache a hard drive with subsequent performance of that hard drive being similar to the SSD. That makes sense. Even today, that provides the ability to achieve performance and capacity from a single storage medium and, if the third consideration of value also came into play, we just might have something.
MyDigitalSSD and FNet HybriDisk have done that and, looking at the current price of less than $1/GB, this is a very hard to beat solution. The key for MyDigitalSSD is that there is not another similar product to provide them competition and yet, they still price their new form factor M.2 SSD (as with all others) at a very reasonable price. Quite frankly, it is an amazing solution for anyone with a M.2 SSD contained Lenovo laptop. Performance… Capacity… Value….
There is another trick here that we really held back to last. FNet HybriDisk allows the user to decide the size of the caching partition that they want to have. What this means is that, with a Super Cache 2 64GB or 128GB SSD, you can really cut the SSD in half, leaving a logical partition for your boot drive, as well as the partition for the cache. The result here is that your system will be providing pure SSD performance and, when you need to head to your hard drive for data, the performance from the hard drive will be cached SSD performance, close to that of the SSD. This is the first time anyone that we know could accomplish anything similar and it is a great solution for present Thinkpad and Ideapad owners, as well as anyone else with a M.2 SSD contained portable.
All in all, MyDigitalSSD did a great job thinking this solution out and we are going to award the MyDigitalSSD M.2 Super Cache 2 SSD the Editor’s Choice, not only because we have achieved capacity, performance and value in this M.2 SSD package but also, MyDigitalSSD is one of the first to market the M.2 SSD. We loved the ability to custom fit our SSD partition needs with this caching solution.