SanDisk Extreme 240GB RAID 0
Aesthetically speaking, the SanDisk Extreme 240GB SATA III drive is a good looking drive with its black painted aluminum case and rounded edges give it a nice touch. A manufacturer sticker is on the front of the drive and follows SanDisk’s SSD black, red and white color scheme. Simplistic and attractive. Solid State Drives don’t need to be flashy, they need to be functional and fast. The SanDisk Extreme 240GB SATA III drive is cased in an aluminum housing, and despite its light weight, it has a tremendous shock tolerance so no real worries about dropping it.
At the rear of the drive is a sticker showing the drive model number, capacity, and date of manufacture, firmware number and serial number.
This SanDisk drive follows the SATA compatibility connection, so no worries about that, although as previously mentioned a native 6Gbps motherboard (such as Intel P67, Z68, X79, or 990FX) is required for maximum performance on a SATA 6G port.
Let’s take a look at what makes these drives tick.
On the PCB we see the heart of the drive the SandForce SF-2281 SATA III Processor. We also find the new 24 nm SanDisk Toggle NAND modules.
On top of the PCB we see the SandForce Controller and 4 pieces of SanDisk branded 24nm Toggle Mode flash chips 32GB each in capacity.
Flipping the PCB over we find the remaining 4 NAND chips giving us a total of 8 modules.
Each drive has a RAW capacity of 256GB. Factory over provisioning and formatting leave us with 223.57GB of usable drive space a piece.
Let’s get these SSDs on the bench and see what they can do.