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960GB MyDigitalSSD SBXe NVMe 2280 M.2 SSD Takes Home Best Value Award

960GB MyDigitalSSD SBXe NVMe 2280 M.2 SSD Takes Home Best Value Award
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Synopsis: See why TweakTown SSD Editor Jon Coulter says MyDigitalSSD's 960GB SBXe PCIe 3.1 x4 NVMe 2280 M.2 SSD "delivers the goods" in his latest review.

With NVMe SSDs now becoming the majority among PC enthusiasts and mainstream users alike, TweakTown's Jon Coulter reviews the latest value-oriented release from MyDigitalSSD, the 960GB Super Boot eXpress Eco (SBXe) PCI Express 3.1 x4 NVMe 2280 M.2 SSD, describing it as another "head turner" aimed directly at converting SATA users to NVMe.

While DRAMless SSDs such as the SBXe used to be an automatic no-go for TweakTown reviewers, the improvements in technology and the associated benefits that come with it are now changing their minds. SBXe series drives utilize the Phison E13T controller, Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, and 4 lanes of memory to offer GB/s performance while lowering production costs, resulting in the lowest-cost SSD on the market at just under 9 cents per raw gigabyte.

Performance Testing

For his review, Coulter ran the 960GB SBXe through both synthetic and real-world performance testing, comparing its results with competing 1TB SSDs like the Kingston A2000, Intel 660P, and Corsair MP600.

Synthetic testing showed the SBXe as having no problems when it came to meeting the factory specs of 2,500 MB/s read and 2,100 MB/s write. Even while running the OS and at 50% capacity, the SBXe beat out almost every other SSD it was put up against, coming in just behind the Corsair MP600 for random write speeds and beating out Intel's popular 660P, with what Coulter calls "some excellent burst performance." Turning his attention to read performance, Coulter noted the SBXe is "fairly impressive for a DRAMless SSD" with it again easily outperforming the Intel 660P and coming in closely behind Kingston's A2000.

When it came to the real-world performance testing, only about 2.2 seconds separated the SBXe from the best performing flash-based SSDs with Jon calling it "more than acceptable for a 1TB class SSD, based on its price."

The SBXe SSD delivered 2X the performance for transfer rates vs. some of its competitors. With transfer capabilities reaching 1,767MB/s for read, with Coulter adding that "the SBXe delivers the goods, well exceeding our expectations for both read and write transfers."

It wasn't just the performance results that impressed Coulter though, the fact that MyDigitalSSD's SBXe 2280 M.2 has a single-sided design, immediately pleased him, as well as the fact that aesthetically, the drive can easily complement any blue themed builds.

TweakTown Must Have: Best Value Award

In Conclusion

With the SBXe being up to 4X faster than SATA SSDs and it's price being well below what consumers would pay for a 1TB SATA SSD, Jon concludes that the MyDigitalSSD SBXe is a compelling option when upgrading, going as far to say:

"When we directly compare it with Intel's massively popular 660P we are of the opinion that overall, the SBXe is a better SSD both in terms of overall performance and pricing."

Factoring in the MyDigitalSSD SBXe has 3X the endurance rating of the Intel 660P and the lowest cost per gigabyte of any SSD he could find, Jon declared the 960GB SBXe TweakTown approved and recommended, giving it a 100% value rating along with the TweakTown "Must Have" Best Value Award.


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