Summary: SanDisk Ultra Plus is a solid state drive with a platform that we are not yet familiar with: it is built on a four-channel Marvell SS889175 controller with 19 nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND manufactured by SanDisk. Will this combination prove to be a winner especially considering it very attractive price?
Conclusion: Looking at the vast number of drives on the market, there are so many different combinations of controller and flash memory to choose from, for some it is a daunting prospect and thus they stick to the big names that have a proven following and typically this means that they will end up with a drive that houses a SandForce controller and a traditional array of 16GB 22nm NAND IC’s from another partner.
Excerpt: The SanDisk Ultra Plus features SanDisk's proprietary eX2 ABL MLC NAND with nCache technology. This technique creates a SLC layer to help boost write performance and enhance endurance. The SSD also features a four channel Marvel 88SS9175 controller and 128MB of DRAM cache.
Summary: The SanDisk Ultra Plus features SanDisk's proprietary eX2 ABL MLC NAND with nCache technology. This technique creates a SLC layer to help boost write performance and enhance endurance. The SSD also features a four channel Marvel 88SS9175 controller and 128MB of DRAM cache.
Excerpt: Prior to CES 2013 we had an influx of new cutting edge SSDs hit the office. Ideally, all of these new products would have been published on January 7, the first day of the show. They weren't and it's my fault - sorry about the delay. The good news is we now have all of our testing finished and were able to spend some real time with all of these drives. Sometimes being first doesn't mean you win the race.
Conclusion: It wasn’t so long ago that SanDisk introduced their Extreme SATA 3 SSD and watched it become one of the best selling SSDs on the market with SanDisk’s rock solid reputation behind it. Today SanDisk once again introduces another new product and, considering its characteristics and build, this just may be another hit. The SanDisk Ultra Plus enters the market as a mid-range SSD that has an excellent price point under the $1/GB mark.
Conclusion: In some ways, SSDs are becoming a lot like graphics cards. A select few are grabbing the headlines for their benchmark-breaking capabilities, but the models that sell in volume are typically a bit further down the ladder. The SanDisk Ultra Plus is one of those drives. It offers all the benefits of solid-state storage, including silent operation, near-instant access, no moving parts and a decent jolt of performance, but can't escape the fact that faster drives are...
Summary: The SanDisk Ultra Plus is a solid offering for those looking for good performance at a reasonable price although the 64GB drive may offer less bang for the buck due to its lagging write speeds.