SandForce may be a fading name in the consumer world after the LSI acquisition in October last year, and the long wait between the second- and third-generation architecture is certainly allowing others to catch up on what was once an impressive lead.
SandForce's second-generation controller still has a role to play, though, if anything in helping to drive down the prices of SSDs into something resembling affordable.
On the test bench today is Strontium's Hawk 120GB (which gives us 112GB of usable space). The Singaporean brand's SF2281 controlled SSD is the first all-white SSD we've seen, and, at the time of writing, the 120GB model can be had for around AU$110, while the 240GB model can be had for about AU$200. It's 7mm high, making it suitable for all but the thinnest of laptops. It's an MLC drive, using Hynix H27QDG8VEBIR NAND.
Both CrystalDiskMark and Anvil's Storage Utilities were set to 1GB datasets, using incompressible data.
CrystalDiskMark reads (in MBps)
- Sequential read
- 4K QD32 read
- 4K read
- 589.6300.624.04Samsung 830 (256GB)
- 508.0346.629.70OCZ Vertex 4 (512GB)
- 506.9224.432.42SanDisk Extreme (480GB)
- 500.0225.037.11SanDisk Extreme (240GB)
- 474.6233.927.0Intel SSD 520 (240GB)
- 470.3215.628.89Intel SSD 335 (240GB)
- 466.4112.823.77Intel SSD 330 (120GB)
- 360.5184.323.87Strontium Hawk (120GB)
- 357.7226.820.93OCZ Agility 4 (128GB)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)