The SanDisk Extreme II 240GB certainly doesn't disappoint and it easily earns a place in the top five percent of performance oriented solid state drives available today. The results are certainly as good as we have seen this year, especially when tasked with both incompressible and compressible data types.
Peak performance and data consistency are exceptionally high and IOPS performance means it will be ideally suited to deal with intensive database driven functions.
SanDisk have clearly been tuning the firmware on this particular drive as it exhibits no specific weaknesses in any of the tests. As a balanced ‘all round' performance solid state drive there is no better available on the market today. The Marvel 88SS9187 really leaves the Sandforce 2281 controller some distance behind when all performance attributes are considered as a whole.
It was surprising to see that SanDisk have not equipped the unit with encryption or eDrive support, although we would imagine this will only affect a small portion of the potential target audience.
It is reassuring to see that SanDisk are supporting the customer with a full 5 year warranty, for peace of mind. As long as this controller doesn't exhibit any concerns over the coming months, we have no hesitation in awarding the SanDisk Extreme II 240GB our MUST HAVE award.
It is available from Amazon for £226.10 inc vat, so while it is currently a little more expensive than some other flagship Solid State drives the retail price is likely to drop over the coming months. It is currently £80 more expensive than the SanDisk Extreme 240GB unit from Amazon, so if you want to save some money, the older drive is still a good choice.
- strong IOPS performance.
- good with incompressible and compressible data.
- 7mm chassis – compatible with super thin laptops.
- Currently quite expensive.