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SanDisk Ultra 120GB SF-1200 Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 8, 2011 5:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: SanDisk

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

 

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If we were talking about a SSD from OCZ Technology or one of the many other early run Team SandForce members, we'd say this product was late to the party, but this is not just another product from a SandForce Driven company. SanDisk's strategy was to wait until the SF-1200 could easily be considered a completely reliable part with all of the bugs and minor issues worked out. Mainstream users don't want to fiddle with a lot of firmware updates; hell, most don't even know what a firmware is. So instead of selling mainstream users who shop at places like Wal-Mart and Target for their computer hardware, SanDisk delivered a product that fits with the mainstream end user experience.

 

The Ultra is available in three capacity sizes; 60GB, 120GB and 240GB. The same familiar SF-1200 controller speeds are quoted - 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write speeds. That's pretty much the maximum possible with SATA II. SanDisk does give us an endurance rating, something we rarely see from the enthusiast companies. The 120GB model that we are looking at today has a minimum write to disk capacity of 80TB. This can be claimed by SanDisk since they made the flash used on the Ultra and SandForce has a very good system, Durawrite, for keeping write amplification to a minimum.

 

SanDisk is targeting the Ultra SSD at notebook users and because of that a desktop adapter bracket isn't included in the package. A well thought out user manual is included and fits in well with the mainstream end users SanDisk is targeting. A three year warranty is also included, but that rounds out the value added features.

When it comes to the cost, we found the 120GB Ultra that we are looking at today listed at Newegg for right around 160 Dollars. This is a good mainstream value, but it's also the same price we were able to find the new SF-2200 controlled MemoRight drive for in the same capacity. The SanDisk Ultra 240GB is the best value of the two and is sold at Newegg for 325 Dollars, around 125 less than the MemoRight 240GB SATA III drive.

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