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SanDisk Focusing More On Desktop and Mobile SATA SSDs, Extreme II Series Tested 71

MojoKid writes "Odds are, if you've purchased anything that uses Flash memory in the last 20 years or so, you already own a piece of SanDisk technology. The company has been in Flash storage since the late '80s and manufactures products used in everything from smartphones to digital cameras. Even though it enjoys a long history in the Flash memory business, SanDisk is perhaps not as well known for its Solid State Drive (SSD) solutions for desktop and mobile PCs. However, SanDisk recently expanded their product stack with new, high-performance SSDs that leverage the company's own NAND Flash memory and Marvell's popular 88SSS9187 controller. The new drives are SanDisk's Extreme II family of SSDs targeted performance enthusiasts, workstations professionals and gamers. The initial line-up of drives consists of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB models. Performance specifications for the three drives come in at 545MB/s – 550MB/s for reads with write performance from 340MB/s to 510MB/s, depending on density. In the benchmarks, SanDisk's Extreme II SSD showed it has the chops to hang with some of the fastest drives on the market from Samsung, Corsair and OCZ."
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SanDisk Focusing More On Desktop and Mobile SATA SSDs, Extreme II Series Tested

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  • by Trepidity ( 597 ) <delirium-slashdot.hackish@org> on Monday June 17, 2013 @12:22PM (#44030523)

    This blurb could not possibly have been written by a regular human interested in technology, unless there is a SanDisk fanclub I was previously unaware of.

  • by mcrbids ( 148650 ) on Monday June 17, 2013 @12:38PM (#44030731) Journal

    As somebody closely following the development of SSD technology (that we use for our database servers) I would have to respectfully disagree.

    You see, our results testing SSDs against PostgreSQL 9.1 showed that SSDs improved performance by at least 90%. In other words, queries, particularly the large, nasty, 10-table joins with combined inner, outter, and meta-table joins that our vertical application is rife with, take 10% or less time to run. That result isn't just dramatic, it's a game-changer. But the truth is that even that isn't enough. Being able to saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III link in a random access read-load is fine and dandy, but write performance is also a very big deal, especially since our system is highly transactional and transaction wait states are painful.

    In short, unlike CPUs, SSD technology is still immature enough that every bit of good news counts quite a bit.

  • by TerminaMorte ( 729622 ) on Monday June 17, 2013 @01:43PM (#44031607) Homepage
    You might pay the extra $ for your laptop computer, in order to save power and lower the risk of failure due to dropping.

    I know I'd never go back for my laptop, personally

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