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.
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:
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.