REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
We knew from our first report that the new SanDisk Extreme II SSD was a workhorse and up to the task, regardless of the workload thrown at it. As did the 240GB version before it, the Extreme II 480GB SSD provided excellent benchmark results in both transfer speeds and throughput, bringing in results of over 500MB/s and IOPS of over 90,000. SanDisk is very successful in having their engineering team extracting every bit of performance from the Marvell 9187 controller and the end result is great.
SanDisk went well beyond in their successful marketing of this new SSD, however, and tapped along a 5 year warranty and a price point that we would normally in lesser performing drives with three year warranties. This is what you can do when you manufacture memory itself and we have seen this from, not only SanDisk, but also from Crucial/Micron and even Samsung to an extent. Companies like this can afford to ‘shake the branches’ just a bit to see who drops off and this has occurred to more than a few already.
Where SanDisk was once nowhere to be found, all now understand that they are a force to be reckoned with and deserving of our Editor’s Choice once again. They deserve top marks for performance, pricing, capacity and warranty.