SanDisk Extreme 120GB Review
SanDisk are one of the more famous memory guys on the planet. Even if you had absolutely no interest in computers you'll be aware of their SD cards which are so ubiquitous it's not stretching it to think that probably everyone reading this has got at least one of their products in a camera or phone or digital photo frame or or or.
So with such a tremendous background in making the very best out of different memory formats it's quite a surprise that they haven't dipped their toes in the waters of high-speed Solid State Drives. Strictly speaking they have had a go before with the SanDisk Ultra, which is a fairly average performing drive. But even da Vinci didn't come out of art school and do the Mona Lisa.
Having proven that there was a market for a SanDisk SSD they return with the Extreme. A SATA 6 drive equipped with the SandForce controller which is rapidly becoming the controller of choice in high-speed Solid State Drives. So how does it perform?
- The numbers at least indicate that this should be up there with the very best. We have the 120GB model on test today so we'll be dropping a little behind the 240GB+ drives we've tested, as lesser capacity SSDs always do. However if the SanDisk Extreme can get close to the numbers they claim we should be in for some fun.
Performance 120GB 240GB 480GB Sequential Read (up to) 550 MB/s 550 MB/s 540 MB/s Sequential Write (up to) 510 MB/s 520 MB/s 460 MB/s Random Read ( up to) 23K IOPS 33K IOPS 44K IOPS Random Write (up to) 83K IOPS 83K IOPS 46K IOPS MTBF 2.5M hrs 2.0M hrs 1.4M hrs
- Available capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB
- Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s (backward compatible to SATA 3 Gb/s & SATA 1.5 Gb/s)
- Temperature (operating/Non-operating) : 0˚C to 70˚C / -55˚C to 95C
- Active Power: 0.6W
- Shock Resistant: 1500G @ 0.5 msec
- Vibration (operating/Non-operating): 2.17gRMS, 5- 700Hz / 3.13gRMS, 5-800Hz