SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review

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SanDisk Extreme II SSD ReviewOdds are, if you’ve bought anything that uses flash memory in the last 20 years or so, you already own a small piece of SanDisk technology. The company has been a leader in flash memory storage since the late ‘80s and manufactures products used in everything from smartphones and portable media players to digital cameras and camcorders. With such a long history in the flash memory business, it’s should be no surprise that SanDisk offers an array of solid state storage solutions for desktop and mobile PCs as well. In fact, SanDisk recently expanded their product stack with some new, high-performance SSDs that leverage the company’s own NAND flash memory and Marvel’s popular 88SSS9187 controller. The new drives are members of SanDisk’s Extreme II family of products and target PC enthusiasts, gamers, and multi-media aficionados...

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review

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SmogHog replied on Fri, Jun 14 2013 10:40 PM

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?

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Marco C replied on Fri, Jun 14 2013 11:10 PM

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.

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Eh, it's okay.

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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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