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SanDisk Extreme 240GB Fixed TRIM Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: SanDisk

Final Thoughts




Everything we said about the SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB in the past still rings true today. SanDisk has an advertisement on their site that pulls a quote from my last article, "It's the new price vs. performance king." I feel that statement holds true today, five months after writing it for the first time. In the fast paced, leapfrog world of SSDs anything being constant for five months is rare. SanDisk's fab obviously helps in this area just like Crucial / Micron, who are winning the price game on the Marvell controller side.


At the time of writing SanDisk hadn't committed to releasing 5.0.3 to the public and it sounds like they are holding off for 5.0.4. Either way, we know and have in our hand working proof that the TRIM issue is fixed and just like before, we just have to wait for it to finish validation and go live on SanDisk's support page. Once the SanDisk Extreme gets working TRIM, it will be nearly unstoppable in notebooks at this price.


You may have caught the notebook part in that sentence. The reason why I'm putting that in is because the eight flash chip design is superior for notebook power consumption, but for desktop use where power is less of an issue, we are starting to see some 32 NAND flash chip designs paired with SF-2282 controllers, like the Force GT 240GB that was redesigned after our review last year. The Force GT sucks up more power, but it has better 50% full capacity performance, just something to keep in mind when shopping. We're gathering a bunch of data now for an article next month that will change the way you look at SSDs for notebook use and the SanDisk Extreme so far is kicking butt in our power consumption tests.


Given the many strong points of the SanDisk Extreme SSD, it's tough to put your finger on one thing and say, "this is why it's really good." The performance is really good, but the price coupled with the performance means it is leading the consumer SSD class right now. There are several very good performance SSDs on the market and there are several low cost SSDs on the market, but none of them tie it all together like the SanDisk Extreme.


The 240GB model that we looked at today costs roughly $175 shipped to your door. It is the best value on the market right now and not just in the SandForce side, it's even better than the Crucial m4, which is also another low cost, high performing drive.



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