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SanDisk X400 M.2 (2280) SSD
Solid-state drives are inarguably getting smaller and more compact over the years. They've evolved well beyond the traditional 2.5-inch form factor, having been reduced down to a form factor that can be directly inserted into a motherboard, provided that the motherboard in question supports the M.2 format. In this review, we tested SanDisk's X400 M.2 (2280) SSD to see just how much of an SSD performance ratio is maintained.
In its barest form, the M.2 (2280) SSD is an engineering marvel in both performance and form factor. With that said, the consistency and speed of the X400 is maintained through its 6th generation nCache 2.0, which SanDisk is able to not only provide its aforementioned consistency, but also the occasional burst in sequential read or write speeds when necessary.
On the subject of read and write speeds, we subjected the X400 to our standard benchmarks, which include CrystalDiskMark (or CDM for short), PCMark 8's storage benchmark, a transfer of a 1GB, 4GB, 25GB, and a 40GB file separately, and a load time test consisting of several games.
For CDM, we ran the test for both five and nine sequences, both at loads of 1,000MB/s and 4,000MB/s respectively. Needless to say, the X400 did complete the sequential read and write test close to its advertised speeds of 545MB/s and 520MB/s. On PCMark 8, the X400 managed to obtain a score of 4,955, with bandwidth score of 250.68MB/s.
On the speed of file transfers, we transferred the four files from a traditional hard drive connected to the test system. When mirroring the files straight from the hard drives, the X400 completed the transfers for the 1GB in less than 15 seconds, the 4GB files in approximately 26 seconds, while the bigger files took three minutes and 44 seconds for the 25GB file, and nearly five minutes for the 40GB file. The transfer speeds for the last two files borderline on impressive, as files as those sizes would usually complete the same tasks well past the 15-minute mark were it transferred to another mechanical hard drive.
As you would expect, loading time for games are dramatically reduced on the X400. During testing, we loaded up games like and even
onto the X400 to see how fast they would go from the title screen to the main game, to which the games mentioned managed to do in less than 15 seconds, with the exception of which took slightly longer at 24 seconds at its longest. by
The X400 will blow your files away. CONCLUSION