SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB Review
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Running this drive through our testing was a treat after we solved the issues we were having. The SanDisk was able to slam a ~86K vantage score on our board and cement itself as the performance leader. While SanDisk is the first to bring to market this Sandforce controller and 24nm NAND configuration. We may get the chance to see firmware upgrades in the near future to further increase performance and possibly fix the TRIM issue I was experiencing. The SanDisk Extreme SSD has managed to come straight into the market swinging both fists with a substantially lower price than anyone else.As of right now the SanDisk comes in at $339 for the 240GB version, while its closest competition being the Vertex 3 at $349. Now you may think that SanDisk cut a few corners to bring this drive to market at such an incredible price, But the lower cost has no effect on the performance of this drive. The SanDisk shows great promise and in the coming weeks I hope to have an Intel 520 series to directly compare perfomance. The SanDisk Extreme is also the lowest priced 240GB drive available with good flash, and not some half speed asynchronous flash.
One area where it does appear SanDisk skimped out a bit was the accessory package. When we opened up our straight form the factory drive it came with nothing, no adapter bracket and no backup or cloning software. While SanDisk does give you a 3 year warranty, I would be more comfortable if that were set at 5 years especially with the rigorous testing they put their drives through. For most of you the accessories won’t matter, you will most likely purchase the drive and throw it in your pc and off you go. I have no doubts this drive has what you are looking for with boot times quicker than a fox ( we pulled a 17s reboot from desktop), and great sustained performance.
When we previously took a look at the new Plextor M3S drive I was a bit excited to see this 24nm NAND. SanDisk has taken it to the next level pairing it up with the Sandforce SF-2281. Simply put this is the fastest drive I have ever had the pleasure of testing,and while it took me countless hours to figure out the issues I was having, and correct them there is no doubt in my mind the SanDisk Extreme will make anyone purchasing extremely happy. Comparing it to the Vertex 3 as I like to do, this could be the drive to take its place as its performance tops any single drive on the market today while it's price keeps it in the mainstream market.