They have a big stake in the OEM SSD market, but consumer sales just don't seem to pick up for SanDisk SSDs. That's odd considering they are one of the world's main manufacturers of flash memory. For years the other SSD manufacturers have said that they are dreading the day SanDisk decides to attack the consumer SSD market. Has the time come? Hardware.Info tested the Sandisk Extreme SSD 120GB/240GB to find out.
At the start of this year SanDisk launched a new series of SSDs aimed at the retail market. The SanDisk Extreme SSDs are based on the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. You might remember it from SSDs from OCZ, Intel and A-Data. Hardware.Info tested the Extreme SSD 120GB en 240GB.
The SandForce controller is combined in both SSDs with SanDisk's own 24nm ToggleFlash chips. This combination was also used in the Transcend SSD 720. When SanDisk launched the Extreme SSDs in February, the SandForce SF-2281 controller was still fairly state-of-the-art. But since then new and faster SSD controllers have appeared, so the SF-2281 is now a mid-range controller. It means that the pricing will be essential for SanDisk to be competitive with these SSDs.
In that regard SanDisk finds itself in a strong position, since it makes the flash chips. However, the prices are still above-average, which can become a challenge for a product that's average in terms of performance. Especially considering you only get the SSD, without installation bracket or data-migration software.
Or is SanDisk able to compete in terms of performance? Let's find out.