Out of the box, the Monster Digital Le Mans is not formatted and doesn't contain any data. This is actually a good thing; it makes the cloning process faster since you don't need to erase it first. In the unlikely case that you choose to use it as an external drive, you'll need to format it, which is quite easy to do. The drive supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) but also worked with the SATA 2 (3Gbps) standard. In my testing, it worked with the Mac, PC, and Linux platforms.
Cost per gigabyte
When it comes to SSDs, the pricing is always the biggest concern, and the Le Mans fails in this regard, being arguably the most expensive on the market. The drive costs about $330 for 240GB or $200 for 120GB making it cost around $1.50 per gigabyte. Comparatively, the Intel 520 series costs just around $1 per gigabyte and most other SSDs cost even less than that. It seems that the Le Mans is going against the trend of SSD pricing, going higher instead of lower.
In my testing, the Monster Digital Le Mans wasn't slow, but it didn't impress, either.
When used as a secondary drive, where it could show off its top performance, the drive registered about 178MBps in copying speed, compared with the 230MBps of the Intel 520 series. When used as the main drive of the test computer and performing both read and write duties at the same time, it scored just about 121MBps, about average among its peers.
Obviously, the strength of an SSD is not in raw data transfer but in random access, as in the performance of applications. And in this case the Le Mans did quite well, allowing applications -- even resource-heavy ones -- to start up very quickly. The drive also cut down the time it took for the test computer to boot up and shut down. The machine woke up from sleep mode instantly.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|As secondary drive||As OS Drive|
With good performance and expensive pricing, the Monster Digital Le Mans doesn't make an ideal upgrade. If you can afford it, however, it will give a great performance improvement if your system currently uses a traditional hard drive.