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Sandisk announces Ultra II SSD for upgraders

Includes SSD Dashboard for cloning and upgrading
Wed Aug 20 2014, 13:51

SANDISK HAS UPDATED its consumer solid-state disk (SSD) drive aimed at laptop upgraders.

Sandisk claims that the Ultra II SSD improves PC performance by up to 28 times and adds 15 percent to battery life. The drive also has an improved SSD Dashboard that offers firmware upgrades, security and cloning facilities in one user interface.

"We live in an era where we expect to have information at our fingertips anytime, anywhere, with technology that keeps us connected to both our personal and work lives on devices that won't fail," said Sandisk VP of retail product marketing Dinesh Bahal.

"The new Sandisk Ultra II SSD, together with the improved SSD Dashboard, provides consumers with an easy, affordable way to ensure that their PC can keep pace with their increasingly connected, information-driven lifestyle."

The Sandisk Ultra II comes in capacities from 120GB up to 960GB with prices ranging from €75 to €409. UK prices are yet to be announced.

Under the hood is an X3 NAND flash array with Sandisk's nCache 2.0 technology, which uses two tiers of caching. As with most SSDs, the drive is shock resistant. Read speed is 550MBs with write speed of 500MBs delivered in a 2.5" drive with a 6Gbps SATA3 interface.

Although the drive is guaranteed for three years, its Mean Time Between Failure rating (MTBF) is 1.75 million hours, suggesting that for everyday use it will work a great deal longer.

The Sandisk Ultra II sits alongside the recently released Extreme Pro, a gaming SSD with similar specifications but a slightly faster write speed.

Sandisk has been aggressively expanding its range of solid-state products during 2014 with the first 4TB SSD drive, the Optimus Max premiering in April and the X300s for enterprise laptops in May. µ


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