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Is MyDigitalSSD BPX a better value than the competition?

Is MyDigitalSSD BPX a better value than the competition?
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Synopsis: TweakTown thinks so, recommending MyDigitalSSD BPX over Samsung, Patriot Hellfire, and Intel M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs for strong performance while remaining affordable.

MyDigitalSSD is known for making ‘life in the fast lane’ more affordable for everyone, but how will their new BPX M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD performance stand up to industry giants like Intel and Samsung? Jon Coulter, TweakTown’s Storage Editor, recently reviewed the 480GB BPX to find out.

With M.2 NVMe SSDs becoming more and more popular, the pricing continues to drop, but are still on the expensive side for most enthusiasts. While some brands value performance over decreasing their prices, other brands are sacrificing performance to drop the price and make it more affordable. MyDigitalSSD dares to make the BPX affordable while competing with the bigger chains in terms of performance.

Price & Warranty

The BPX is MyDigitalSSD’s first M.2 NVMe product, which pairs Phison’s e7 NVMe controller with 2-bit MLC flash. The BPX is available in three different size; 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. The 480GB BPX at $187.32 is an incredible $60 less than Samsung’s TLC-powered 500GB 960 EVO, even though both products deliver similar real-world performance.

The 480GB BPX’s added-value of a five-year warranty and an endurance rating of up to 1,400 TBW (the highest endurance consumer SSD on the market), compared to Samsung’s three-year warranty and an endurance rating up to 200 TBW making the BPX a must-have. The BPX is also similarly priced to Intel’s 600p, however the BPX has superior performance capabilities, which makes choosing the BPX over the 600p a “no-brainer,” says Coulter.

Performance Testing Vs. Other Brands

Due to the increased popularity among enthusiasts with M.2 NVMe SSDs, Jon puts the BPX through a series of tests to see if MyDigitalSSD can compete with name-brands when it comes to performance. The test pool consisted of the BPX, Samsung’s 960 EVO and 960 Pro, Patriot Hellfire, Intel’s 600P and 750, and OCZ RD400.

In ATTO Benchmark testing, the BPX’s sequential read/write transfers max out at an impressive 2,997/2,410 MB/s thanks to Phison's E7 controller that uniquely handles compressible and incompressible data. Because of their similar configurations, the BPX and Patriot Hellfire perform almost identically despite the $40 difference in price. The BPX also outperforms the 600p that has a similar price leading Jon to conclude, “it's no mystery which drive is a better choice.”

The BPX outscores the Intel 750 and 600p in the Anvil Storage Utilities test, which gives a good indication of drive’s overall performance and the demanding AS SSD test. In terms of overall scoring, The Hellfire scores slightly higher than the BPX in these two tests as well as the CrystalDiskMark test, but “not enough to matter,” according to Coulter.

Moderate Workload Tests

The BPX crushes Intel's 600p in the PCMark Vantage tests, but Samsung’s 960 EVO series holds a performance advantage over the BPX. In the PCMark 7 test, the BPX outperforms the Hellfire, both Intel drives and 960 EVO, even without the benefit of a dedicated driver like the 960 EVO has. The results of the PCMark 8 shows the BPX performs equally with the 1TB 960 EVO and the Hellfire; Jon added, “doing so for much less cash out of pocket and when you factor in warranty and endurance, the BPX wins hands down.”

During the Iometer tests, the BPX is capable of generating more read/write IOPS than OCZ's RD400, Samsung's 960 Pro, and Intel's 600p. For the DiskBench test, Jon recently upgraded his test system to Windows 10 build 14393, which almost doubled write transfer rates. He believes this is due to the CPU power switching modes have been relaxed on the latest version of Windows 10. John states, “the BPX is priced similarly to Intel's 600p, and yet it delivers four times the sustained write performance.”

Heavy Workload Tests

In the Storage Bandwidth test, sustained heavy workloads take a toll on the BPX but despite being targeted to mainstream users, it still outperforms the 600p and the 250GB 960 EVO. In the Data Written test, The BPX performs better than the Hellfire. In TweakTown’s own dubbed “Sledgehammer” test, the 70/30 Mixed Workload is designed to simulate a heavy-duty enthusiast/workstation steady-state environment. In this brutal test, the BPX outperforms the 960 Pro, OCZ RD400, 600p and the Hellfire, indicating that it will perform better than most with sustained workloads of this nature.

Final Grade

The BPX product line has the intention of taking on the emerging value segment of the NVMe market despite heavy competition from industry giants like Intel and Samsung. Jon ends his review by saying “The BPX is indeed a better value than anything the tech giants currently have to offer. MyDigitalSSD is to be commended for taking on the big guys and walking away with a win - a very rare feat in the technology industry.”

TweakTown presents the BPX with the Editor’s Choice award with a 94% overall rating. Jon stated that MyDigitalSSD BPX is “simply the best value in next gen-storage on the market today.”


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