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

Launch SRP: S$360

Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives were tested on our storage testbed, which has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • SanDisk Ultra Plus (256GB)
  • SanDisk Extreme (256GB)
  • OCZ Agility 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5.2)
  • OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB) (Firmware 1.5)
  • Intel SSD 335 Series (240GB) 
  • Intel SDD 520 Series (240GB)
  • Plextor M2S (256GB) (Firmware 1.09)

We will be looking at how the SanDisk Ultra Plus stacks up against its flagship Extreme counterpart. Also, it will be interesting to see how it performs against OCZ’s mainstream and high-end Indilinx Everest 2 controller based offerings, the Agility 4 and Vertex 4. As we have documented, the Indilinx Everest 2 controller is in fact a rebranded version of the newer 88SS9187 controller. We have included results from Intel’s high-end and mainstream duo - the SSD 520 and SSD 335 Series. Finally, we have included results of the Plextor M2S, which uses the 88SS9174 controller.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)
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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