The SanDisk Ultra II SSD line comes in the right moment. Computers have seen a massive increase in processing capabilities in the last decade. Processors are faster than ever and RAM capacity increased, along with the inherent qualitative enhancements. Dedicated video cards become less beneficial for average Internet and regular media consumers. Both Intel and AMD work hard to provide more than minimal video capacity embedded in the CPU.
The advances in these areas turn the good old HDDs become system bottlenecks. This is where SSDs come to fill the performance gap. SSDs bring an impressive array of advantages for every type of consumers. They consume less power, do not heat up so easily and offer virtually instant access to any software application. But until recently, SSDs were too expensive for everyday users. The decreasing price per Gb combined with faster Internet speeds and the rise of cloud computing render the SSDs into a must have even for average computer users.
SanDisk, “a global leader in flash storage solutions”, announced a new range of SSD product on Tuesday. The four SSDs come with the regular capacities displayed by new SSD lines, 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. The SanDisk Ultra II range of SSDs are equipped with a second generation 19 nm TLC NAND, hence the Ultra II. Compared to other SSDs, the new SanDisk line offers an alleged 15 percent increase in battery life.
SSDs are not only beneficial to laptops. The new range of slim PCs, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 we presented earlier this summer, will definitely benefit from any advance in SSD performance.
SanDisk Ultra II SSD offers increased performance for a lower price
SanDisk claims that the new line of SSDs brings will bring 28 times performance improvements, when compared to HDDs. It is a clear message that the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD is aimed at consumers still owning HDD-based PCs. The prices underline the strategy, as the new line is very affordable. The 120 GB version will cost $80, whereas the 240 GB will be priced at $115. The larger 480 GB will be sold for $220, while the SSD with the largest capacity, 960 GB, will cost $430, according to the list provided by AnandTech.
All four SanDisk Ultra II SSD models have a sequential read speed of up to 550 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 500 MB/s. SanDisk improved its SSD Dashboard as well, as it now supports 17 languages and ‘Live Chat’ for users who need support while transitioning to the new drive.