SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review
Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: SanDisk’s Extreme II series of solid state drives generally performed very well throughout our entire battery of tests. They faltered a bit in our IOMeter tests, but consistently offered some of the best read performance we have seen to date, with competitive write performance as well. The drives excelled with large sequential transfers, and with small random transfers at higher queue depths. Performance with SanDisk’s Extreme II drives is consistent regardless of the compressibility of the data being used and access times were competitive as well.
As we’ve mentioned, SanDisk will initially be offering three drives in the Extreme II series of products with 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. Pricing for the drives is set at $129.99 (120GB), $229.99 ($240GB), and $439.99 (480GB). At those prices, the SanDisk Extreme II series of drives are slight more expensive than competing offerings, but we suspect street prices to tip-toe downward as availability ramps up. Considering the consistently high performance of the drives though, pricing is still competitive.
Ultimately, we think SanDisk’s new Extreme II series of solid state drives are top-notch and worthy of consideration for your next build / upgrade. Overall performance is very good, the drives offer high endurance and they’re backed by a 5-year warranty from a company that’s been around for ages. If you’re looking for a high-performance SSD, SanDisk’s Extreme II SSDs should be on your short list.