We've seen Sandisk's Ultra series before but the Ultra II is relatively new to the market. If anything, they have made the pricing even more attractive, the top end 960GB model is a mere $310, $0.32/GB is getting closer to Ryan's preferred SSD pricing. As far as the advertised speeds, sequential read and write remain constant at 550MB/s and 500MB/s but IOPS vary by the size of the drive from 81K/80K random read/write for the 120GB model to 99K/83K for the 960GB model. [H]ard|OCP's testing shows performance more or less in line with the OCZ Trion 100 but somewhat slower than the Samsung 850 EVO, both of which are almost the exact same price. Check out the full review to see the exact differences, or simply rejoice in the fact that SSDs are approaching prices below $0.30/GB.
"Most of you know that the easiest way to get a performance boost from your old mechanical hard drive is to get rid of it and replace it with a shiny new SSD. SanDisk's Ultra II offers a lot of capacity for the money and comes with a 3 year warranty. Is that enough to compete in a market where prices are falling across every category?"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- ADATA XPG SX930 Gaming SSD @ Benchmark Reveiws
- Samsung SSD 850 Evo 2TB @ Legion Hardware
- Toshiba HK3R2 960 GB @ techPowerUp
- QNAP TS-453mini NAS @ Kitguru
- Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card @ SSD Review
- Toshiba AL13SXB600N 600GB SAS 6Gb/s HDD Review @ NikKTech
- Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive @ Kitguru
- Seagate Personal Cloud 2 Bay @ Kitguru
- Thecus N5810 Pro 5-bay NAS @ techPowerUp
Frankly I don’t know what the
Frankly I don’t know what the heck manufacturers are trying to achieve with AHCI SATA SSDs. There is nothing different between this drive and drives from circa 2 years ago. Gaining more speed is impossible because of transfer limitations, changing controllers brings nothing new to the table. Art for the sake of art. I don’t get it why no vendor decided to create slower drives, with less IOPS & higher capacity for long term storage. Samsung 16TB demo-model is nice but pricing will be off the scale surely. Who needs SSD with 100K IOPS/550MB/s sustainable transfer as a video library dump for example? Nobody. 20K will do just fine. Still loooong, very rocky road ahead before large SSDs will hit the market ‘en masse’. Price of 0.30$/GB is still very high. It must drop where HDDs are at the moment which is just a smudge over 0.0xy$.
Well this isn’t too bad so
Well this isn’t too bad so long as it doesn’t suffer in a Raid environment. Which some have. Put em in Raid setup array and bam bricked drives unless I was unlucky and both drives were on way on from getgo.