SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD 

Released January, 2013
  • 256 GB
  • 2.5" SATA III
  • 128 MB
6.6 Out of 10

That's pretty competitive in a market space where margins are shrinking faster than the supply of semi-automatic rifles.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)
To wrap up, the Ultra Plus is a nice choice offered by SanDisk with performance that is commensurate with the pricing.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)

SSDBoss Review Our evaluation of the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD

read performance

How quickly data is read from the drive

Ultra Plus SSD
4K Random Read, 4K Random Read Access Time and 512K Sequential Read

write performance

How quickly data is written to the drive

Ultra Plus SSD
4K Random Write, 4K Random Write Access Time and 512K Sequential Write

real world benchmarks

How well the drive performs common tasks

Ultra Plus SSD
Windows 7 Boot-up Time, Photoshop Lens Filter and AS SSD ISO Copy


How well the drive performs on common benchmarks

Ultra Plus SSD
PCMark Vantage, AS SSD Score and Tom's Hardware Storage Bench


SSDBoss Score

read performance, write performance, real world benchmarks and Benchmarks

Ultra Plus SSD

Benchmarks Real world tests of the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD

4K Random Read

Ultra Plus SSD
140.33 MB/s
840 EVO
318.8 MB/s
Samsung 840
303.68 MB/s

4K Random Write

Ultra Plus SSD
64.4 MB/s
Extreme SSD
119.02 MB/s
840 EVO
106.65 MB/s

Windows 7 Boot-up Time

Ultra Plus SSD
14.1 s
SSDNow V300
8.3 s
Crucial M500
8.8 s

Avg. Power Consumption

Ultra Plus SSD
1.74 Watts
Extreme SSD
2.68 Watts
2.54 Watts

4K Random Read Access Time

Ultra Plus SSD
3.88 ms
7.6 ms
SSDNow V300
7.51 ms

4K Random Write Access Time

Ultra Plus SSD
1.78 ms
8.07 ms
SSDNow V300
6.46 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD

That's slow in comparison with some of the OCZ and Corsair drives we've seen recently, but quicker than the non-Pro version of Samsung's 840 series drive.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Benchmark Results: IOPS are a good bit below the SanDisk specification of 82k on reads and a little above the 39k specification on writes but overall decent performance.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)
IOPS really doesn't vary as dramatically with reads ranging from 79k to 82k and writes from 29k to 39k.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)
It does a nice job of moving data quickly without the need for compression to boost performance; however, it does rely on a cache to buffer data as needed which sets it apart from the SandForce drives.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)


Then, when the drive is idle, the garbage collection routines fire those files into the slower MLC portion of the drive.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
The Ultra Plus, however, impresses in the 4K random read/write results and posts the fastest read speeds we've seen and is pushing on for 60MB/s on the writes.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
Install Results: The only drive in our comparison slower than the SanDisk Ultra Plus on the 5GB file copy was the budget friendly Kingston V300 drive.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)


Nor does it carry the same price tag.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)
That's important because the Samsung 840 250GB drive is retailing for the same price as this SanDisk, and with 6GB less space.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)
Being able to use it's own memory chips means that SanDisk can price its new drives aggressively and this 256GB Ultra Plus is sitting at the 51p per GB mark.
by Tech Radar (Mar, 2013)


This is the first time we've seen the Marvell 88SS9175 SATA 6Gb/s capable controller and so far it seems very similar to the 9174 chip.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)
For the SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB drive, the readout on CrystalDiskInfo 5.2.0 shows that both NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. are enabled, as well as TRIM and the interface is confirmed at SATA III (6Gbps).
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)


However, we can see enough to tell this is a Samsung DDR2 DRAM chip at 128MB capacity.
by Legit Reviews (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Capacity 256 GB
Cache 128 MB
Interface SATA III
Interface speed 6 Gbit/s
Controller Marvell SS889175
Memory type MLC
NAND process size 19 nm
Maximum shock force 1,500G

form factor

Form factor 2.5"
Mfg warranty 3 years
Thickness 7 mm
Weight 36 g

manufacturer performance

Sequential read 530 MB/s
Sequential write 445 MB/s
Random read 82,000 IOPS
Random write 39,000 IOPS
Power consumption (Active) 0.12 Watts
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
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