SanDisk doesn't include a lot of accessories in the retail package, but the Dashboard software should be a consideration when choosing a low cost, high-capacity SSD. The Crucial MX100 gets a lot of attention at this price point, but SanDisk has included several features in Dashboard that lead us to favor the Ultra II over several models in this low price market.
The benchmark performance adds another nod to the Ultra II 480GB. The MX100, 840 EVO, and a handful of the other value focused SSDs do better in some tests, but the high random performance and superior latency results again point us to the Ultra II.
We would like to see SanDisk lower the price of the Ultra II 480GB model a bit. It's not like $209.99 is a bad price for SanDisk's first X3 technology product, but TLC flash produced from a NAND flash manufacturer should cost less than MLC products from non-flash producing companies.
That's really the sticking point that we need to examine when purchasing a SSD. Right now, products like the PNY Optimus with 20nm MLC cost a bit less than the Ultra II. SanDisk released the Ultra II with TLC a little too soon. Eventually, TLC will dominate the consumer SSD market, but right now, MLC is still widely available in 20nm lithography. The 16nm MLC doesn't offer much of an advantage to consumers over 1Ynm TLC. SanDisk's Ultra II will look much better in the future when other products move to 16nm MLC flash or TLC.
Right now, if you need very low cost flash in a higher capacity, the SanDisk Ultra II is a good option. Power users and enthusiasts may want to look at products that provide a better experience under heavy workloads though.
PRICING: You can find the SanDisk Ultra II SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The SanDisk Ultra II 120GB retails for $69.99 at Amazon, the SanDisk Ultra II 240GB retails for $114.99 at Amazon, the SanDisk Ultra II 480GB retails for $209.00 at Amazon, and the SanDisk Ultra II 960GB retails for $419.00 at Amazon.
Canada: The SanDisk Ultra II 120GB retails for CDN$93.36 at Amazon Canada, the SanDisk Ultra II 240GB retails for CDN$129.99 at Amazon Canada, the SanDisk Ultra II 480GB retails for CDN$267.97 at Amazon Canada and the SanDisk Ultra II 960GB retails for CDN$504.12 at Amazon Canada.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: SanDisk's Ultra II 480GB SSD provides high flash capacity at a low price point. The user experience is a bit better on this drive when compared to other low-cost models. The software package puts this one over the top, and hence makes it a top pick in this price range.
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