SanDisk has a new solid state drive to market. Named the Sandisk Ultra Plus and packing a respectable 256 GB capacity ceiling this drive is looking to be a nice, affordable replacement for your hard drive. While smoother performance and much faster speeds are a standard boast among all solid state drives over their hard disk drive counterparts, what sets the Sandisk Ultra Plus apart from the crowd?
First, let us see what exactly the specs are and what they entail. The SanDisk Ultra Plus is not a very specialized type of solid state drive. It sticks to the standard setup for a SSD, which means the tried and true 2.5 inch package that is 7 mm thick. Nothing special, but it gets more interesting from here on out.
This SSD includes a new controller, the Marvel SS889175. What does this long list of numbers do for the SanDisk Ultra Plus? Well as a controller, it provides compatibility with the SATA and SSD standard computers. While the drive works best with SATA 3 (no surprise with the higher 6GBPS) it is still useable with SATA 2 and SATA 1 computers. So it usable by a very wide range of computers.
The SanDisk Ultra Plus isn’t available with a drive-bay converter right out the box though. So all of you paranoid people out there that have to have it connected to the chassis will either have to pick on up or hope that an earlier purchase provided one that works with the SanDisk Ultra Plus. To all you less paranoid people, you can connect the SSD to your computer and leave it loose. No moving parts mean that it is relatively safe from being jostled around and the like. However, I would advise against tempting fate by really shaking it around a lot. Something is bound to happen one way or another.
Moving on, the SanDisk Ultra Plus uses the SanDisk 19nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND for flash memory. What it translates to is an acceptable consumer grade memory. There is more to this type of memory however. A small part of this memory is used for a mode called ncache, which is a conversion to an enterprise and business grade memory. Basically you can use this mode to get a bit more mileage out of this SSD than similar consumer solid state drives.
Despite these intriguing specs, there isn’t much to write home about the performance. A bit lacking when compared to a few other solid state drives with regards boot and shutdown times as well as application start up times. After that it pulls standard across the board with data transferring speed. It isn’t a high performance model SSD and it doesn’t try to be.
What it is can be called an affordable and solid entry SSD to replace your hard disk drive. At $217 it clocks in as a good starting point. If the cost was broken down per GB the SanDisk Ultra Plus has cost of about 86 cents per GB. Not bad considering that is 10 cents cheaper than the Plus’ parent model the SanDisk Ultra.
In short the SanDisk Ultra Plus is a decent model. It has a niche as an affordable entry level SSD with nothing coming off as really under or overwhelming.