SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD (256GB) - A Marvell Alternative

Launch SRP: S$360

Results - AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Results

AS SSD is a benchmark that uses non-compressible and completely random data. What this means is that the drives using the SandForce SF-2281 controller cannot compress the data first, which takes away one of the strong advantages of this controller. Therefore this is a useful benchmark because drives that use the SF-2281 controller don't gain an upper hand.

AS SSD is a benchmark that generally favors Marvell-driven drives and the SanDisk Ultra Plus performed respectably as it proved itself to be more than a match for its more illustrious Extreme counterpart. Sequential read and write performance was very strong and it was capable of keeping pace with the high-end drives such as the OCZ Vertex 4 and Intel SSD 520 Series. Interestingly, the SanDisk Ultra Plus was quicker than the Plextor M2S, despite having what is essentially a scaled down version of the same controller in the Plextor drive.

The Good
Fast sequential read and write performance
Bumper to convert drive to 9.5mm form factor
The Bad
Below average random access performance
No HDD installation bracket or other accessories
Extremely expensive; top performing drives retail for much less

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