We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
PC Components and Upgrades Reviews
15,103 Reviews

Sandisk Extreme II SSD review - fast, inexpensive solid-state drive

From $130 in the US (around £83 ex VAT)

Manufacturer: SanDisk

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

At capacities of 240GB and above, Sandisk's Extreme II SSD is extremely fast. In the US at least it is inexpensive. And it carries a 5-year warranty. Find out more in our Sandisk Extreme II SSD review.

SanDisk Extreme II

Sandisk's newly launched Extreme II SSD offers a nice blend of price and performance. In its larger capacities, the drive retails for considerably less than a buck a gigabyte, and it's one of the fastest drives with large files that we've tested. Its performance with small files, on the other hand, is merely average, and the drop-off in write performance from the 240- and 480GB models to the 120GB version is steep. See also: SSD buying advice.

Sandisk has ditched the SandForce SF-2281 controller found in the original Extreme series, and equipped the 7mm profile, 6Gbps Extreme II with a Marvell 88SS9187. The combination of the new controller and fast, 19nm toggle-mode NAND allowed the Extreme II to outpace the sustained write performance of such capable drives as OCZ's Vector and Corsair's Neutron. The 240GB version wrote our 10GB large file at 644.3MBps and read it at 479.8MBps. With small files, however, the Extreme II was strictly mundane, writing our 10GB mix of files and folders at 352MBps, and reading them at 373.6MBps. See our group test: What's the best SSD?

The 480GB version posted numbers nearly identical to the 240GB's, but the 120GB model wrote files significantly slower. That's the norm with SSDs with less than 240GB/256GB capacity, as there are fewer chips and channels to write across, although the dropoff can vary. The 120GB drive was actually the fastest drive we've seen to date--485MBps--when reading our large file, but it wrote it at only 465.6MBps (nearly 200MBps slower than the two more capacious models). The 120GB model read our 10GB mix of files and folders at 378.9MBps, which is about the same performance as the larger capacities turned in, but it wrote it at 300.8MBps (60GBps slower).

The 120GB version of the Extreme II retails for $130 in the US, while the larger 240GB and 480GB models cost $230 and $440 respectively (we don't yet have UK pricing). That's nice pricing for units with a five-year warranty and top-notch performance. Sandisk rates the drives for 80TBW (TeraBytes Written) plus. If you can scrape up the extra bucks for the larger capacities, you'll get significantly better write performance. See our group test: What's the best SSD?

Sandisk Extreme II SSD Expert Verdict »

Price comparison powered by Reevoo

Available capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB and 480
69.85mm x 100.5mm x 7.0 mm
Operating temperature: 32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)
Storage temperature: -67ºF to 185ºF (-55ºC to 85ºC)
SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s)
Resistant up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec
Vibration (Operating/Non-operating): 5 gRMS, 10-2000 HZ / 4.9 gRMS, 7-800 HZ
Power Consumption (active): 0.22w
Five-year limited warranty in the US
five-year warranty elsewhere
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Sandisk's Extreme II SSD is fast and affordable.

Price comparison powered by Reevoo


IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs 2014

IDG UK Sites

iOS 8 features wishlist: the changes iPhone and iPad users want in Apple's iOS 8

IDG UK Sites

25 Years of the World Wide Web: Happy Birthday, Intenet

IDG UK Sites

Developers get access to more Sony camera features