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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



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: AVADirect, GIGABYTE, LSI, Corsair and Noctua.


You can read more about TweakTown's Storage Product Testing Workstation and the procedures followed to test products in this article.


In order to fully utilize SATA III you need a system with native SATA III support. P67, Z68, Z77 and X79 systems are preferred, but AMD has made advances in their newer SATA III systems as well. Older X58 systems with Marvell based SATA III ports do not deliver the same high levels of performance, so we recommend newer systems when available.


Before we get too far ahead of ourselves we need to point out that we're using a beta firmware for this test. The firmware we're using is based on SandForce's 5.0.3 code, the TRIM fixing code. Barring any unforeseen issues, SanDisk should have new firmware based on SandForce's 5.0.4 code before too long. We've been assured that 5.0.3 and 5.0.4 have identical performance. The firmware we're testing with today is stable; I'm actually using it on my daily use notebook right now and have been for over a week, no issues so far.



ATTO Baseline Performance


Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34


ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.




Using ATTO we established our baseline performance of nearly 560MB/s read and 535MB/s write speed. These are a little higher than SanDisk's claimed performance. We can't complain about that.

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