SATA-based consumer storage, while not dead by any means, has clearly taken a backseat to NVMe. With NVMe SSDs now in a majority position with enthusiasts of all types, the mainstream is no longer focused solely on performance. With flash prices dropping and simultaneously competition from retailers heating up, many mainstream users have refocused their attention to the burgeoning NVMe value segment.
MyDigital, as they always do are looking to serve up the best value in solid state storage. Their newest value-oriented offering, the SBXe, is another head turner. MDD's SBXe series SSDs are based on Phison's new PS5013-E13T 4-channel, 4-lane DRAMless controller. By utilizing Phison's E13T controller, MyDigital can offer what is right now the lowest cost SSD on the market. The absence of DRAM helps lower production costs, as does employing four instead of the normal eight channels.
DRAMless SSDs used to be an automatic no from us, but as the technology has matured, we are starting to change our minds about them. What makes today's DRAMless SSDs tick is called HMB, or Host Memory Buffer, technology that is baked into current versions of Windows 10 NVMe driver. HMB allocates a tiny bit of system DRAM (usually 64MB) to perform SSD functions normally done by the SSDs onboard DRAM. With HMB technology, DRAMless SSDs can deliver NVMe performance that is good enough for most mainstream users and do so for the lowest cost possible.
MDD's SBXe is definitely priced right, but how does it stack up performance wise? Let's dive in and take a closer look:
Right off the bat, we are pleased to find that the SBXe is a single-sided design. Additionally, we like the aesthetics of the drive as it will compliment any blue-themed builds out there.