As we have mentioned previously, there are two schools of thought when it comes to increasing the capacities of SSDs - smaller manufacturing processes and increasing the number of bits that a cell can store. Thus far, Samsung's SSD 840 EVO has been the only drive in the market to utilize TLC NAND (Triple-Level-Cell) NAND, which can store three bits of data per cell. However, this is no longer the case.
The SanDisk Ultra II is the company's latest drive targeted at entry-level and mainstream users and uses SanDisk's own TLC NAND called X3 NAND. The drive will also utilize SanDisk's second-generation nCache 2.0 technology to further optimize speed and endurance.
Finally, the drive will also ship with an advanced version of SanDisk's SSD Dashboard, which displays the drive's performance, manual or scheduled TRIM, available firmware updates and tips on how to maintain the drive at its peak operation. The SSD Dashboard utility will also include the ability to clone drives, Trend Micro antivirus and theft recovery feature.
The SanDisk Ultra II SSD is available now and comes in capacities of 120GB (S$120), 240GB (S$180), 480GB (S$330), and 960GB (S$650).