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.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|As secondary drive||As OS drive|
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
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.