Solid State Drives Guide
The new SanDisk Extreme II was tested on our updated testbed. The main changes are the faster Core i5-2500K processor and an accompanying Z77 motherboard which has native Thunderbolt connectivity.
- Intel Core i5-2500K (3.3GHz)
- ASUS P8Z77 Pro Thunderbolt (Intel Z77 chipset)
- 2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 memory
- MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
- Windows 7
A point to note is that we have also recently revised our testing methodology of SSDs. Mainly, we have trimmed down the list of benchmarks used and also included real world timing tests. By combining benchmarks with real world tests, we think that this will give users a more complete picture of how they can expect an SSD to perform. We've already been using these updated tests for the last few reviews.
The list of benchmarks used are as follows:
- AS-SSD benchmark 1.7.4739
- CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
- PCMark 7 (Storage suite)
- Iometer (version 2006.07.27)
- Timing Tests (Cold start, Reboot, Apps Launching)
We have high hopes for SanDisk’s latest flagship and we will be paying close attention to how it compares against its predecessor. We have also included results from some of the fastest drives available today as well as Plextor’s M5 Pro Extreme, which uses the same Marvell controller as SanDisk.
- SanDisk Extreme II SSD (240GB)
- SanDisk Extreme SSD (240GB)
- Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256GB)
- OCZ Vector (256GB)
- Corsair Neutron GTX (256GB)
- Plextor M5 Pro Extreme (256GB)