We finally have an article we can link back to from our regular reviews that details the various SSD software add-on packages. For years, we just glossed over the fact that a SSD manufacturer makes software, but now we can show in each review what the software looks like and what it does.
Some of the software we looked at today hasn't had a major update in several years. Those versions are easy to spot as new features and functions are now possible. Samsung and SanDisk are good examples. Both have packages that overshadow most of the others and give users more data, more control and more features to test, report and manipulate the drives.
The SanDisk SSD Dashboard is the newest software to hit our drives and it's easily the most feature rich. Not all of the functions are controlled from within SSD Dashboard, but you can get to the download packages easily from within Dashboard. The real-time performance monitoring is my favorite function, mainly because I'm a reviewer. SanDisk's easy access to Wave software and the other add-on packages are really nice, too.
With hardware packages going out of fashion from SSD manufacturers, we suspect we'll see more software from others in time. You have to wonder where some of the other company's software toolboxes are - calling you Crucial.
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