SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review

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Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

SiSoft SANDRA 2012
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

All three of the SanDisk Extreme II drives we tested put up some excellent scores in the Read portion of this benchmark, which positioned all of the drive at (or near) the top of the chart. Write bandwidth was also very good for the 240GB and 480GB drives. The 120GB drive can't offer the same kind of write bandwidth as the higher capacity drives, but it still performed very well.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
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ATTO is another "quick and dirty" type of disk benchmark that measures transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and graphs them out in an easily interpreted chart. We chose .5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes and a queue depth of 6 over a total max volume length of 256MB. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc.

The three SanDisk Extreme II drives we tested once again posted some excellent scores. The 240GB and 480GB Extreme II drives consistently performed alongside some of the fastest drives we've tested, in both the Read and Write portions of the benchmark. The 120GB drive also put up some nice scores in the Read test, but its write performance fell somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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SmogHog one year ago

Was the testing done while the SSD was the C: boot drive?

Since no screenshots of the actual benchmarks of the drive being reviewed it's not easy to tell.

It would be nice if you used Anvil Storage Utilities as on of your benchmarking apps and post screenshots of both compressible and incompressible data.

Drives not reviewed while they are the boot drive IMO are completely useless to consumers.

Who buys an SSD and doesn't use it as their primary boot drive?

marco c one year ago

No, the drives were not configured as the boot volume (as mentioned on the test setup page). Many of the write tests cannot be performed on partitioned drives, hence they cannot be the boot volume. In addition, having the OS installed on the drive during testing would skew the results in a semi-unpredictable way, which would make getting comparable results between products very difficult.

AdamMichael one year ago

Eh, it's okay.

TimEmerson one year ago

Looks like a nice piece of hardware, would like to see speeds when it's the C; boot drive though. Kind of important, as that's what a lot of SSD's are used for

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