Monster Digital Daytona SSD review: Monster Digital Daytona SSD

Cost per gigabyte
When it comes to SSDs, the pricing is always the biggest concern; the good news is that the Daytona is indeed cheaper than the Le Mans. Compared with other drives on the market, however, it's not the best deal. The drive is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. The first two currently cost about $130 and $240, respectively, effectively about $1 per gigabyte. The Corsair Neutron or the Samsung 830, for comparison's sake, cost just around 85 cents per gigabyte. The 480GB-capacity drive is slightly better. At $450, it's about 95 cents per gigabyte. But in this case, that's still a pretty big investment; 480GB might be more than you need or want to pay for.

Performance
I tested the 480GB-capacity model of the Daytona, and it exceeded my expectations for a somewhat entry-level solid-state drive. Note that in the world of SSDs, higher capacity can also mean better performance. Accordingly, the smaller-capacity Daytona drives might be slower, though not by much.

In data-copying tests, the new drive did very well, with 209MBps when used as a computer's secondary drive. This was in no way close to the fastest I've seen, but considering that this is not supposed to be a performance drive, it was very fast. In fact, it was faster than the 178MBps of the Le Mans, which costs more and is supposed to be a higher-tier drive.

When used as the main drive that hosted the operating system, and performed both writing and reading at the same time, the Daytona scored 108MBps, clearly slower than the Le Mans' 122MBps.

The drive indeed improved the system performance a great deal compared with a traditional hard drive. The test computer took just 12 seconds to boot up and about 8 seconds to shut down. All applications also took much less time to launch. This is typical when moving to an SSD from a traditional hard drive.

Compared with the rest of the 7mm SSDs on the market, the Daytona is about average in terms of performance.

Data-transfer scores (in megabytes per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As secondary drive  
As OS drive  
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Sandisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 
Patriot Pyro
190.01 
76.44 
RunCore Pro V Max
186.78 
92.55 
OCZ Agility 3
207.75 
101.67 
Monster Digital Daytona
209.04 
108.32 
Plextor M3
221.98 
110.4 
Sandisk Extreme
234.15 
117.66 
Crucial M4
235.51 
117.99 
Monster Digital Le Mans
177.56 
121.11 
OCZ Octane
183.41 
135.43 
Corsair Neutron
237.69 
138.44 
Intel 520 series
230.01 
154.01 
Plextor M5 Pro
251.19 
155.65 
RunCore Pro V 7mm
236.71 
155.89 
Corsair Neutron GTX
273.62 
161.38 
OCZ Vertex 4
246.55 
168.36 
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 

Boot and shutdown time (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Shutdown  
Boot time  
Corsair Neutron GTX
5.28 
10 
Sandisk Extreme
6 
11 
Plextor M5 Pro
6.21 
11.1 
Monster Digital Daytona
8.21 
12 
Corsair Neutron
6.2 
12 
OCZ Vertex 4
6.8 
12 
OCZ Octane
6.3 
12 
Patriot Pyro
6 
12.5 
Samsung 830 Series
6 
13.3 
SanDisk Ultra
7.2 
13.5 
Crucial M4
6.8 
13.7 
OCZ Agility 3
6.7 
14.7 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
7.9 
45.4 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
12.2 
56.2 

Conclusion
With good performance and relatively friendly pricing (for a solid-state drive), the Monster Digital Daytona makes a very good upgrade for those currently use a standard hard drive for their computer's main storage.

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Monster Digital Daytona (480GB)

Part Number: 858019003457
MSRP: $499.99 Low Price: $575.56 See all prices

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  • Capacity 480 GB