SanDisk Ultra II (240GB) SSD Reviewby Kristian Vättö on September 16, 2014 2:00 PM EST
AnandTech Storage Bench 2011
Back in 2011 (which seems like so long ago now!), we introduced our AnandTech Storage Bench, a suite of benchmarks that took traces of real OS/application usage and played them back in a repeatable manner. The MOASB, officially called AnandTech Storage Bench 2011 – Heavy Workload, mainly focuses on peak IO performance and basic garbage collection routines. There is a lot of downloading and application installing that happens during the course of this test. Our thinking was that it's during application installs, file copies, downloading and multitasking with all of this that you can really notice performance differences between drives. The full description of the Heavy test can be found here, while the Light workload details are here.
The 2011 Heavy Storage Bench is a bit of a letdown. SanDisk has never really excelled in peak performance like Samsung has and even with nCache 2.0 the Ultra II is not as fast as e.g. the MX100 and 840 EVO. In the Light suite, which is more relevant for typical client users, the differences are far more marginal and practically negligible in the real world.