SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB

LAST GEN­ER­A­TION TECH­NOL­OGY SHOWS ITS LIM­I­TA­TIONS IN A MID PRICED DRIVE THAT FAILS TO MEET PER­FOR­MANCE EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

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T he SanDisk SSD Plus is a low-cost drive orig­i­nally re­leased back in 2015. That might not sound very long ago, but the mar­ket has moved on quite a bit in two years. What might once have seemed like a tempt­ing bal­ance of price and per­for­mance now looks very much like a bum deal.

Let’s look at the per­for­mance side of the equa­tion first. Spoilt as we are these days, we’ve been tak­ing it more or less for granted that a SATA SSD will ap­proach the max­i­mum read and write speeds sup­ported by the in­ter­face. The SSD Plus con­founded that ex­pec­ta­tion, with a dis­mal se­quen­tial write speed of 216MB/ sec; we’ve ac­tu­ally seen me­chan­i­cal drives do bet­ter. In the multi-threaded tests too, the SSD Plus placed right at the bot­tom of the chart.

If the SSD Plus were ex­tremely cheap, this might be some­thing we could live with. Af­ter all, the drive still ben­e­fits from the near-zero seek time of solid­state drive tech­nol­ogy; it will still make Win­dows feel smoother and more re­spon­sive than a tra­di­tional hard disk.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s not ex­tremely cheap. It com­petes di­rectly with sim­i­lar­ca­pac­ity drives from the likes of Adata, SK hynix and Toshiba, any of which will de­liver markedly bet­ter per­for­mance. Con­se­quently, while the SanDisk SSD Plus might have been a per­fectly re­spectable solid-state drive in 2015, in 2017 it makes no sense what­so­ever.

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