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Setting up MyDigitalSSD BPX M.2 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0

Setting up MyDigitalSSD BPX M.2 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:25:00
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Synopsis: Jeffrey Edson shows readers just how fast two MyDigitalSSD BPX 2280 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs perform in RAID 0, proving once again their unmatched value.

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In a recent Overclock.net review, Jeffrey Edson shows readers how to setup two 480GB MyDigitalSSD BPX 80mm (2280) M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 and shares the kind of performance boosts you might see for your efforts.

Edson informs those new to MyDigitalSSD, “This company wants to bring you the latest tech at an affordable price. Their Bullet Proof line is backed by their 100% guarantee satisfaction or your money back.”

The 80mm (2280) M.2 BPX currently comes in three different sizes; 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and soon 960GB. It pairs the Phison E7 controller with 2D MLC flash and features a 5-year limited warranty up to 1,400 TBW.

Why You Should Choose NVMe

NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSDs are hot among enthusiasts because they are affordable and “allows you to bypass the SATA standard altogether.” NVMe enables the user to reach a range in gigabytes per second (GB/s), while SATA is limited to megabytes per second (MB/s). NVMe also delivers a more responsive environment and has become the industry's leading storage solution for enthusiasts.

He cautions to ensure that you check your motherboard manual because using your m.2 slots my disable certain motherboard slots, especially the x4 slots that are required for the drives bandwidth.

RAID 0

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a storage technology that has the ability to combine multiple physical disk for either performance, redundancy, or both. RAID 0 breaks up files and spreads the data across all disks in the RAID group to gain optimum performance. Edson goes so far to claim that a pair of NVMe drives on RAID 0 will “offer you the fastest and best performance you can see to date.

Packaging

Jeffrey was impressed with the packaging for the BPX; clearly displaying the expected performance numbers on the front with both mounting screws and a mini screwdriver included inside. Edson says, “This is the first I've seen an M.2 product include the tools required for mounting. Most will have the screws but the screwdriver is a nice touch.

BPX Benefits

"MyDigitalSSD BPX drives can be used as a boot device in a variety of systems with a free PCIe 2.0/3.0 M.2 socket, including Z97 / X99 / Z170 based motherboards, modern notebooks, and small form factor PC's like the Intel® NUC,” says Edson.

He lists some of the benefits that the BPX has over the competition including; unmatched price for performance, ability to outperform SATA SSDs transfer speeds, noticeably reduces load times, fast application launch and file loading, and exceptional workload efficiency.

Edson also notes that the Phison E7 controller used on the BPX has excellent thermal conditions and claims to be the first NVMe controller designed for performance applications.

In the full review, the author gives an in-depth tutorial of how to complete RAID 0 setup. (Link opens in a new window)

Testing

Using both ATTO Disk and AS SSD benchmark tools, Jeffrey tested the BPX against several competitors including; the Toshiba RD400 NVMe, the Samsung 950 PRO, ZOTAC Sonix, and a SATA SSD to show the advantage that the NVMe has over the traditional SATA.

Edson saw "insane" results booting from the BPX RAID 0 volume, taking only 8 seconds to get into Windows 10x64 fully loaded. “This is a bit faster than regular SSDs and is the fastest I have seen a Windows machine boot to date,” he says. As expected, BPX drives in RAID 0 have a definite advantage over the competition. The ZOTAC Sonix, which also uses a Phison controller, comes close to the BPX but not close enough according to the author.

AS SSD testing shows some real RAID improvements, being almost doubled in performance. Edson wanted to test load times for games as well as test the AS SSD copy benchmark for a performance overview of the BPX drives. After loading DOOM onto the BPX RAID volume, Jeffrey saw game load times of only 6 seconds with the BPX RAID compared to 35 seconds on an AHCI SSD.


Conclusion

These BPX drive definitely did not disappoint, especially being value oriented compared to other NVMe solutions,” says Edson.

Keeping price of a new technology like NVMe in mind, Jeffery goes on to say, “I highly recommend these drives and definitely recommend RAID if you can afford it. You will need at least two drives but the performance is acceptable to the cost of another drive."

Pros

  • Extremely fast
  • Better price than brand names
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Price to RAID
  • NVMe still maturing

Read the Full Review

Click here to read the full review on Overclock.net. (Link opens in a new window)


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