SanDisk Ultra II SSD 480GB
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SanDisk Ultra II SSD 480GB Review
SanDisk Ultra II SSD 480GB is a storage device which delivers great performance and good affordability levels. It has storage capacity of 480GB and comes with software that users will find quite helpful. The device for backup storage brings to users amazing levels of performance. Individuals who seek to upgrade a computer which is aging and running on regular hard drive should particularly benefit greatly from it.
The Ultra II comes as a standard 7mm-thick internal drive of 2.5 inches, which is similar to new Extreme Pro and the Ultra Plus released some time ago. The inside is however quite different from the earlier versions as SanDisk applies the 2nd-generation Triple Level Cell (TLC) flash-memory of 19nm. Samsung utilized TLC NAND flash memory first, incorporating it in drives such as Samsung 840, before SanDisk adopted it.
TLC flash memory enables vertical stacking up of memory cells, in turn packing even more storage into a single area. It implies the SSD has now become cheaper to produce, although it has shorter endurance as well as slower performance compared to other memory forms, Single Level Cell (SLC) and Multiple Level Cell (MLC) inclusive. Endurance refers to total proportion of data which may be written onto drive prior to it becoming unreliable.
SanDisk holds that since its firmware integrates Marvell 88SS9187 controller, this will make SanDisk Ultra II SSD perform well, providing high level of endurance. Nonetheless, unlike in Extreme Pro, SanDisk fails to specify an endurance rating for Ultra II. However, the 3-year warranty included in general implies that you will not experience any challenges within the first three years at least.
As well, SanDisk has equipped this storage device with nCache™ 2.0 technology. This new caching architecture converts a part of TLC flash drive memory to SLC mode, thereby offering even better reliability and endurance. It implies that the drive is able to deliver faster peak performance compared to how it would function under normal circumstances, without nCache. This functionality targets delivery of consistent performance via low energy consumption.
In addition, the drive includes SanDisk Dashboard software which allows users to both monitor and manage features of the drive, along with contacting support desk via Live Chat. In addition, this software also avails links for downloading EZ GIG IV of Apricorn for drive cloning, together with Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ for protecting the system against malware. These two services are offered free of charge.
Overall, SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes to users at affordable cost and is a reliable way of upgrading a computer which is aging. It is a high-performing storage device which boots-up fast and has impressive speed of transferring data compared to traditional hard drives. Regardless of how you plan to utilize this storage gadget, expect to enjoy using its performance, especially due to incorporation of nCache™ technology employed by the same manufacturer.