• Storage Size: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Controller: Marvell SS889175
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches
  • Interface: SATA III 6.0Gbps
  • Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Low powered
  • Good performances
  • Cons:
  • Plasticky build

Light But Not Least

Solid state drives have come a long way since they were first introduced so many years ago. Providing speeds faster than the fastest mechanical HDDs, SSDs now also are a lot cheaper than they were back then, with improved storage sizes and performance to boot. SanDisk, a familiar name in the storage industry, goes a step further with the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD.

The SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD offers three different storage solutions in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB solutions. What makes this particular model stand out from some of the other SSDs out in the market at the moment is its all-plastic chassis, as well as its PCB, which is only 1/4th of the chassis’ size. We were originally worried as when we first unboxed the SSD, the Ultra Plus SSD felt very hollow and we had thought that we were given a dummy unit.

Unlike a lot of SSDs that have cropped up recently, SanDisk decided to not use SandForce SSD controllers, but a Marvell SS889175 6Gbps SATA/NAND controller, which focuses a lot more on lower power consumption than pure speed, unlike its higher-end counterparts.

This, however gives SanDisk several advantages in terms of converting the SSD into different sizes for different applications, be it for full ATX computers, laptops, media centres, and even Intel’s Next Unit of Computing machines. It also shows how far technology has gone in miniaturising build footprints for storage solutions over the past few years.

As far as performance goes, we gave the Ultra Plus SSD a run on several benchmark tests, and they fared decently well. The speeds are what you expect of mid-range SSDs, with impressive read speeds, with similar write speeds. These are of course synthetic benchmark tests, but we’re happy to say that the Ultra Plus SSD performs well in real life usage scenarios.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Besides the rather questionable build and weight, the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD is a good SSD pick if you’re looking for an affordable, low-powered solution for desktops or media centres. You can’t go wrong with this one.

(previously published in issue April 2012)