Mach Xtreme Technology MX-NANO 60GB 50-Pin PATA 1.8" SSD Review

The introduction ...

How to make a notebook faster easily.
Who is dissatisfied with the speed of the notebook or netbook, can increase the notebook performance easy and relatively inexpensive.
When we like to get the notebook much faster, most of us immediately think about a RAM upgrade, buying a new CPU or overclocking the notebook CPU.
Additionally, the installation of a fast SSD instead of the HDD increases the performance enormously.
In this test report at www.ocinside.de we show that one can also upgrade notebooks with an IDE / PATA hard disk drive by a fast SSD, in order to improve the performance enormously.
The 5mm thin Mach Xtreme Technology 60GB PATA 50-Pin 1,8-inch SSD replaced a Toshiba MK8007GAH 1,8-inch PATA HDD inside of a Toshiba Portege R400 notebook.
Furthermore, the 60GB MX NANO 50 PATA SSD was tested with an adapter on a current SATA 3 interface, in order to compare it with previously tested and benchmarked Solid State Drives and hard disks.
Who already given up the next vacation for the purchasing of a new notebook, should not miss this review.

 

 

Thanks for the support ...

Many thanks to Caseking.de for the support with the Mach Xtreme Technology 60GB 1,8" SSD.

The Mach Xtreme Technology NANO 60GB PATA 50-Pin 1.8" SSD MXSSD1MNANO50-60G has at present a price of approx. 130 Euro (03/2011) and is available in several sizes from 30GB to 240GB.
Furthermore, you can get this SSD also with ZIF connector and 44-pin PATA connector, so check the interface used in your notebook or netbook, before buying the new SSD.

Here you can buy the Mach Xtreme Technology 60GB, 30GB, 120GB, or 240GB SSD.

 

 

The supply of the Mach Xtreme Technology 64GB PATA SSD ...

In this cardboard box comes the tiny MX-Nano SSD from MX-Technology:

 

 

That is contained ...

Mach Xtreme Technology supplies the PATA 50-pole 1,8" SSD well padded in a hinged box.

After opening the package, one see the following note on the well padded box:

 

And here is a picture of the small MX-NANO 50 PATA SSD with 60GB capacity:

 

The following picture shows the back of the 1,8" Mach Xtreme Technology 64GB SSD:

Here one can see the PATA IDE 50-pin / CF50 connector, which is used for data as well as for power and looks like a CF connector:

 

If you like to connect this 50-Pin IDE SSD with a conventional SATA2 controller or a SATA3 interface, one can buy a 22-pin SATA to 50-Pin PATA adaptor, e.g. here for a few bucks.
With such an adapter card, it's very easy to transfer all data from the old notebook drive to a PC and then to the new SSD:

 

The technical data ...

Manufacturer Mach Xtreme Technology
Article number MXSSD1MNANO50-60G
Capacity 60GB
Interface PATA (50-Pin PATA IDE CF50 connector with 3.3V or 5V)
Cache 64MB
Controller Eastwho EWS720
Flash Type MLC - Multi-Level-Cell
Size 1,8" (74,5 x 54 x 5mm)
Weight 46 gramm
Speed Read up to 120 MB/s / Write up to 65 MB/s
Seek Time < 0.2ms
Power Consumption 0,5 Watt idle / 1,3 Watt in operation
MTBF 1 million hours
Other RAID support, Garbage Collection support

 

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 3.5.3 SSD and HDD information software:

 

 

SSD firmware update ...

At review date, the company Mach Xtreme Technology didn't offer a newer firmware, than the installed VATE 1532 SSD firmware.

 

Benchmark values and test results ...

Let us continue with the benchmark results.
SATA2 drives are currently tested with an ASRock M3A790GXH/128M motherboard and SATA3 drives are currently tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard.
At present, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as the operating system.
Below is additionally a performance comparison between the 1.8" SSD vs HDD out of the Toshiba R400 notebook.

The SSD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:

AS SSD Benchmark 1.4.3704.27281 - Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 - Download
CrystalDiskMark 3.00 - Download
HD Tach 3.040 - Download
SiSoftware Sandra 2010c - Download

 

AS SSD benchmark result ...

The SSD benchmark values offers a very good reference point of the maximal possible reading and writing performance, the speed with smaller files and the respective access time.
The 60GB MX drive achieved no very high sequential read or write rates, but we didn't expect that with this interface.
But nevertheless, with approximately 112 MB/s, it was possible to reach nearly the same read transfer rate of a 7200 rpm HDD.
The write performance was approximately 53 MB/s, which is about a quarter lower than the result of the 64GB 1.8" SATA3 RealSSD.
The overall score reached 80 points.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD benchmark results:

 

In AHCI mode the important value "4K-64Thrd" would be much higher than in the IDE mode.
4K means that small 4K blocks are read and/or written and with the 4K 64Thrd this is distributed on 64 Threads at the same time.
Thus the benchmark program simulate for example a typical program start.
Since the weighting of this value is very high in the ASSSD benchmark tool, it would increase the total score in AHCI mode very high.

Hint:
Who think about changing its SATA port in the BIOS from native IDE and/or legacy IDE to AHCI, should change first for example (if possible) only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed.
Because if one like to save the new Windows installation, one must install the hard disk controller driver before changing SATA mode from IDE to AHCI - alternatively there are also Registry entries for it.
Of course we help you with questions to this topic or all other PC related questions 24/7 in our German and English written PC Forum.
There are many differences between the conventional native IDE mode and the modern AHCI mode, which offers beside the higher performance also advantages like e.g. the support of NCQ (Native Command Queuing) or Hot-Plug.
Anyway, we did not compare these values in this notebook drive review, because this SSD is connected to the PATA port of the notebook, where is no AHCI mode available in the BIOS.

 

And here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD iops results to measure the input/output speed:

 

The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test.
Here we see the OCZ Agility 128GB SATA2 SSD in comparison to the Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 1,8" SSD in IDE and in AHCI mode and a comparison to the Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2,5" SSD on a SATA-3 controller and on a SATA-2 controller, whereby the diagram is updated shortly with new SSDs.

Here is a comparison of the AS SSD benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

ATTO Disk benchmark result ...

The ATTO disk benchmark values gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes.
Approx. 60 MB/s write performance and 120 MB/s of higher transfer sizes are relatively low.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the ATTO Disk benchmark values:

 

The ATTO disk benchmark values are compared with a small transfer size of 32KB and a large transfer size of 8192KB.
The bar chart already shows a first comparison to a Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB hard disk drive, the OCZ Agility 120GB SSD, the Crucial 256GB C300 RealSSD and Crucial's 64GB 1.8" C300 RealSSD in IDE and in AHCI, whereby the write results of the tiny 1.8" PATA SSD has nearly the same performance than a fast 3.5" 7200 rpm hard disk and this is a good result for this notebook SSD.

Here is a comparison of the ATTO disk benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

CrystalDiskMark result

With CrystalDiskMark one receives a balanced measurement of the performance with different transfer sizes.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskMark values:

 

The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results once again compared with other SSDs and platter drives, which are extended step by step.
In the CrystalDiskMark comparison one can see huge differences of the 60GB 1.8-inch MX-NANO compared to a conventional 3.5" 7200 rpm disk.
In CrystalDiskMark are only the sequential read- and write results higher than the performance of the 60GB Nano SSD.
Both, read performance as well as write performance of the Nano SSD are clearly higher than the values of a much bigger Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB HDD.

Here is a comparison of the CrystalDiskMark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

HD Tach result

With the HD Tach benchmark values one can recognize the gradient of the performance.
The Mach Xtreme Technology 60GB ATA 50-Pin 1.8" SSD shows some break-downs in the write measurements, but has a very constant transfer with low access times of approx. 0.2ms.

To compare these results with values in a Toshiba Portege R400 notebook, you can move the cursor over this Mach Xtreme Technology 60GB PATA 50-Pin in Toshiba R400 Link.

Furthermore you can move the mouse over the following drives to see their respective benchmarkresults:
Crucial RealSSD 64GB 1,8" SATA3 SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD 256GB 2,5" SSD SATA3 at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD 256GB 2,5" SSD SATA3 at SATA2, OCZ Agility 128GB SSD and Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB Festplatte.
But much more important is the comparison of the 1.8" SSD results with a Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8" MCD-D50 PATA ZIF hard disk drive (Toshiba 50-Pin Embedded ATA also with 3.3 Volt, 4200 rpm).
To compare this HDD vs SSD, you should move your mouse over this Toshiba MK8007GAH HDD link and get tears in your eyes if you own for example a Toshiba R400 Notebook with such a slow HDD.
So it would be worth to upgrade such a HDD to a SSD to get a very high performance boost in comparison to the 4200 rpm MK8007GAH PATA hard disk drive - short read times and fast boot times will be the result.

Here is a Snipping screenhot of the HD Tach benchmark values:

 

The comparison of the HD Tach benchmark results shows very impressive, the reading speed and the average access time of this Mach Xtreme Technology Nano SSD against other Solid State Drives and hard disk drives.

Here is an impressive comparison of the HD Tach benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

SiSoftware Sandra benchmark result

Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series.
SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra program a very comprehensive tool for some years, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the MX Nano 60GB SSD was in SiSoftware Sandra with 182us relatively low and the drive index of 113.22 MB/s underscores the previous tests.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values:

 

Here is a comparison of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

 

Result and general impression ...

The Mach Xtreme Technology MX-NANO 50 1.8" 60GB 50-Pin PATA SSD MXSSD1MNANO50-60G exceeded the 4200 rpm 1.8" PATA hard disk drive with up to quadruple faster reading rates clearly.
This 1.8" PATA SSD from Mach Xtreme Technology even didn't throw in the towel against a 7200 rpm hard disk at the faster SATA2 port.
But compared with SATA2 or SATA3 SSDs tested before, the MX-NANO was clearly slower, but we expected it due to the PATA interface.

The Mach Xtreme Technology MXSSD1MNANO50-60G satisfy even outside of the official benchmark enormously well:

  • Before the upgrade, the boot time with the Toshiba MK8007GAH_BG002H was approx. 77 seconds and after the upgrade with the Mach Xtreme Technology MXSSD1MNANO50-60G Windows Vista Ultimate started in approx. 11 seconds, thus the operating system could boot approx. 7x faster!!!
  • The Windows performance index was increased from 3,7 with the hard disk drive to 5,9 with this Solid State Drive.
  • The weight of the MK8007GAH amounts to approx. 62 gram, the MXSSD1MNANO50-60G weight is only approx. 34 gram, thus nearly half.
  • The SSD is very shock resistant, thus it is not more necessary to run the HDD protector and position sensor software.

    All in all the notebook or netbook upgrage with PATA interface is thus very recommendable by this 60GB Mach Xtreme Technology MX-NANO 50 1.8" SSD, since it can help the notebook to a undreamt performance.
    Even if this SSD can not reach results of a SATA3 or SATA2 pendant, but it is so far a the top of PATA drives.

     

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