MyDigitalSSD BP5e Bullet Proof 5 Eco 240GB SSD Review

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Introduction


MyDigitalSSD BP5e

In today’s storage review, I’m taking a closer look at a solid state drive from a company that we don’t test quite as often, but it isn’t the first MyDigitalSSD drive have tested either. The newest MyDigitalSSD drive is the BP5e that stands for Bullet Proof 5 Eco and it is a 7mm slim solid state drive that will fit into pretty much any system for a performance boost over a mechanical hard disk drive. The new BP5e series comes in capacities from 240GB and up to 960GB, and the large size is one that becomes more and more popular due to decreasing prices. I’m however taking the 240GB drive for a spin today, a perfect entry-level drive.

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There were a few hints in the first paragraph such as Eco and mechanical drive replacement, so you might already have guessed that this isn’t a new flagship drive but rather a budget drive for those that wish something that is faster than a traditional hard disk drive, but don’t want to spend a lot of money at the same time.

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The new MyDigitalSSD BP5e drive is built with Triple Level Cell (TLC) NAND which lowers the production cost at the same time as it increases the possible capacity on the same size, but it does come with a few drawbacks. TLC NAND doesn’t have the same endurance as MLC and the performance of long-lasting copies will be affected, how much will be shown in our benchmarks on the following pages.

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The TLC NAND is made my Toshiba and it is their TLC Toggle 2.0 NAND. It is paired with Phison’s newest S10 controller (PS3110-S10) with the latest firmware for optimal performance. The two coupled should provide some great reading speeds as well as writes. The drive is rated for up to 565MB/s speeds, but that’s just when reading.

MyDigitalSSD ships each BP5e drive over-provisioned for improved Random Read/Write performance and IOPS, extended performance endurance to minimize sluggishness as the drive fills with data, prolonged drive life, added drive reliability, and low power consumption.

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The BP5e in itself is a very simple drive composed of a black two-piece snap-together enclosure with a sticker on the top. Inside we find a 2/3-long PCB that only utilizes the one side with four Toshiba TLC NAND chips, the Phison S10 controller, and a Nanya 128MB DDR3 cache chip.

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Feature Highlights

  • Unequaled price to performance ratio
  • PHISON PS3110 controller
  • Toshiba TLC Toggle Flash
  • Large storage capacity
  • Easy installation
  • High-speed SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III) interface – Backward compatible to SATA 3Gb/s (SATA II)
  • Withstand extreme shock and vibration
  • Support DDR3 I/O interface
  • Power management supported
  • NCQ command set. TRIM, RAID, and SMART support
  • 2-year warranty

Specifications

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Packaging

The package is quite colourful and presents a full-colour image of the drive itself along with the name and what it can do right on the front.

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The rear of the box has a little more information about the drive itself along with a feature list and a capacity sticker to show what model is inside.

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Inside the box, we only find the drive itself and no other accessories. Not like we need a long installation guide to connect a storage drive, it’s not rocket science. A penny saved on production can make the difference in the retail pricing.

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Testing & Methodology


Hardware

Software

  • AIDA64 Storage Benchmark
  • Anvil’s Storage Utilities
  • AS SSD Benchmark
  • ATTO Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark
  • IOMeter
  • PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark

In a bid to make our testing as thorough and as accurate as possible, we have devised a testing methodology to give us the maximum amount of data. Whilst this means that testing each drive will take considerably longer to test – nearly 36 hours in fact, the picture that we are able to build upon the overall performance of each drive is far clearer, providing a more accurate analysis at how a drive performs under different conditions.

I will be testing the drives performance when it is clean and fresh out of the box and then start to fill it up with data, namely 25%, 50% and 75% of the drives capacity and rerun the tests under each of these scenarios. I’ll be using the same sample files under each test to keep the results as consistent as possible. The files in question are a collection of files from my personal NAS, composed of a mixture of small and big files, media, programs, and archives.

On top of this, I will also take the wear on the NAND into consideration and this process obviously takes a long time to perform – so long under real world conditions that it is simply not practical. In order to accelerate this conditioning process I will use the SSD endurance test that lies within Anvils Storage Utilities and read / write 10TB of data to the drive through a process of filling the drive with thousands of small files of various sizes and compressibility (with randomised duration between each of the writes), then reading each of them back with a randomised time between each file. After this has completed, the data is then erased and the process starts again. This process of conditioning the drive can take anywhere upwards of 12-15 hours on a typical 256GB SATA III SSD, however, the performance and capacity of the drive will influence the time it takes to condition the drive.

Following the conditioning process, the benchmarking process described above is repeated again with the volume filled with the same sample data to each percentage between test runs. Furthermore between each benchmark, the drive will get a TRIM command sent and further left alone for a while to make sure the TRIM command has done its job. TRIM can heavily impact a drives performance as it takes place, so allowing a period of time between tests will eliminate this factor and any subsequent false performance figures.

On each page that follows with the benchmark results, I have inserted the screenshots from the benchmark results, created a drive analysis chart for fill-level as well as a drive comparison chart for each software used, where possible.

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AIDA64


AIDA64 is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. It provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring.

It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives and is compatible with most Microsoft Windows operating systems. It also has a disk benchmark tool, and that is the one I’ll be using.

Fresh Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida suite

The Linear Read and Write tests measure the sequential performance by reading or writing all sectors without skipping any. It gives, as the name says, a linear view on the drives overall performance from start to end.

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida read linear

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida write linear

The Random Read and Write tests measure the random performance by reading or writing variable-sized data blocks at random locations on the surface of the drive. The Random tests are actually a combination of both speed and access times as it moves the position before each new operation.

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida read random

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida write random

The Access time tests are designed to measure the data access performance by reading or writing small 0.5KB data blocks at random locations on the drive surface.

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida read access

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-aida write access

Conditioned Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida suite

The Linear Read and Write tests measure the sequential performance by reading or writing all sectors without skipping any. It gives, as the name says, a linear view on the drives overall performance from start to end.

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida read linear

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida write linear

The Random Read and Write tests measure the random performance by reading or writing variable-sized data blocks at random locations on the surface of the drive. The Random tests are actually a combination of both speed and access times as it moves the position before each new operation.

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida read random

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida write random

The Access time tests are designed to measure the data access performance by reading or writing small 0.5KB data blocks at random locations on the drive surface.

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida read access

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-aida write access

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Anvil’s Storage Utilities


Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a new benchmarking utility that we have started using here at eTeknix, it’s completely free to download and has the ability to test mainly hard drives and solid state drives, but also any other form of storage medium that you can throw at it.

As well as testing the drive in a variety of benchmarking tests, it also has a drive endurance test that consistently reads and writes data to the selected medium to give days, months and potentially even years of use in a shorter period of time to see how the drive copes in the longer term.

Fresh Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-anvils compr

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-anvils incompr

Conditioned Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-anvils compr

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-anvils incompr

Drive Performance

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MDSSD_BP5e-ChartAnalysis-Anvils_incompressible

Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-Anvils

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AS SSD


The AS SSD software determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains five synthetic and three practice tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system caches. In Sequential tests, the program measures the time it takes to read and write a 1 GB file respectively. To give a clearer picture of the drives tested, I’ve chosen to include all tests. Special the copy test is one that I think is relevant on the consumer level as it gives the user a view into one of the operations he’s going to do many times.

Fresh Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-asssd combined

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-asssd compr

Conditioned

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-asssd combined

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-asssd compr

Drive Performance

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-ASSSD_seq

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-ASSSD_ran

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ATTO


The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

Fresh Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchFresh-atto

Conditioned

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-atto

Drive Performance

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartAnalysis-ATTO

Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-ATTO

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CrystalDiskMark


CrystalDiskMark is a small HDD benchmark utility for your hard drive that enables you to rapidly measure sequential and random 4KB/512KB read/write speeds.

Fresh Drive

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Conditioned

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-cdm

Drive Performance

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-CDM_seq

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-CDM_ran

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IOmeter & PCMark 8


IOmeter

OMeter is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It is used as a benchmark and troubleshooting tool and is easily configured to replicate the behavior of many popular applications. One commonly quoted measurement provided by the tool is IOPS.

IOMeter allows the configuration of disk parameters such as the ‘Maximum Disk Size’, ‘Starting Disk Sector’ and ‘# of Outstanding I/Os’. This allows a user to configure a test file upon which the ‘Access Specifications’ configure the I/O types to the file. Configurable items within the Access Specifications are Transfer Request Size, Percent Random/Sequential distribution, Percent Read/Write Distribution, Aligned I/O’s, Reply Size, and TCP/IP status among others.

Sequential Performance

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Random 4K Performance

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Drive Comparison

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-IOmeter_seq

MDSSD_BP5e-ChartComp-IOmeter_ran

PCMark 8

PCMark 8 Storage benchmark is used test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test any recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

Fresh Drive

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Conditioned Drive

MDSSD_BP5e-BenchCondi-pcmark

Drive Comparison

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Final Thoughts


Pricing

MyDigitalSSD’s Bullet Proof 5 Eco Slim 7 SSD is only available in limited quantities so far, but that is bound to change very soon. At the time of writing, I could only find it on the Amazon for an impressive $64.99. More availability is expected in early January. The larger 480GB can be had or $124.99 and the 960GB for $239.99.

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Conclusion

MyDigitalSSD is not the most known brand, but they do know a thing or two about SSDs as their company name suggests. They showed us their know-how with the new Bullet Proof 5 Eco, or BP5e for short, that is an excellent TLC-based drive. The BP5e was in the top end of almost all charts and it is far better at keeping everything going once everything is pushing a bit harder. Where other TLC-based SSDs that I’ve tested so far will drop the speeds all the way down to 35-45MB/s during long periodic write tests, the BP5e stayed above 80MB/s at all times. These write speeds aren’t the best, but you won’t notice them unless you copy more than 6GB-8GB at once. Until then you have a drive that performs as the synthetic benchmarks shows.

The design is a very basic one with a black two-piece enclosure and a simple sticker on the top. There isn’t much to say to that. Inside it has Toshiba’s TLC Toggle 2.0 NAND that has been paired with Phison’s newest S10 controller (PS3110-S10) that also comes with the latest firmware for optimal performance. The drive also covers all the basic SATA features such as power management, NCQ command set, TRIM, RAID setups, and SMART.

Pros

  • Best TLC drive tested so far
  • Cheap price
  • Good feature set
  • Available up to 960GB

Cons

  • Only two years warranty
  • Availability

Neutral

  • TLC NAND has lower endurance than MLC but brings more capacity per real estate.

“MyDigitalSSD managed to squeeze the most out of their BP5e TLC-based SSD which easily is the best TLC-based drive to date.”

Bang-For-Buck

MyDigitalSSD BP5e Bullet Proof 5 Eco 240GB SSD Review

Thank you MyDigitalSSD for providing us with this sample.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Testing & Methodology
  3. Aida64
  4. Anvil's Storage Utilities
  5. AS SSD
  6. ATTO
  7. CrystalDiskMark
  8. IOmeter & PCMark 8
  9. Final Thoughts
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