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SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB SSD (SDSSDA-120G-G25) Review

  1. Introduction, Specs and Closer Look
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. Anvil Benchmarks
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  7. Futuremark Benchmarks
  8. IO Testing
  9. Access Test
  10. Conclusion
  11. Online Purchase Links
  12. View All

Disclosure: This review unit is provided by SanDisk

SanDisk SSD Plus uses a DRAM-less implementation unlike the newer entry-level SSDs, namely the SSDNow UV300 and the UV400. But it uses TLC flash chips and I am curious to know if a bit older SSD is any good compared to the newer entry-level SSDs. This would make a good comparison now since it will tell us where the newer and the older drives stand in terms of performance. Would it make a lot of difference for home users, notebook users and for gamers?

Available capacities: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB

Seq. Read(up to): 530 MB/s, 530MB/s, 535 MB/s

Seq. Write(up to): 400MB/s, 440 MB/s, 445 MB/s

Dimensions: 2.75 x 3.96 x 0.28 in. (69.85mm x 100.5mm x 7.0 mm)

Interface: SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gb/s)

Operating temperature: 32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)

Shock: Resistant up to 1500G

Vibration: 5 gRMS, 10-2000 HZ / 4.9 gRMS, 7-800 HZ

The SSD Plus series is available in three storage variants- 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB. As per SanDisk’s materials, this drive weighs 30.9 gms. In comparison, Kingston SSDNow UV400 which uses a metal casing weighs 57 gms.

There are two variants of the SSD Plus. The older G25 ( For example SDSSDA-120G-G25) has been around for a while. The G25 marking is not found on the SSD’s label, but it is found in its packaging. The newer one is the G26 version. I’ll see if the newer model can be arranged and compare it to see how this drive is. 

The price-per-GB from respective countries are as follows:

 While 120 GB and 240 GB variants are of similar cost to that of Kingston UV400, the 240 GB SSD Plus G25 costs bit more per GB. In any case, its a lot for an older SSD.

SSD Plus contents feel more ‘complete’, with proper packaging, a couple of reading materials including information about its SSD Dashboard and a spacer. The casing is plastic which makes it extremely light- and low cost. Kingston SSDNow and HyperX uses metal casings since day 1. Not that it makes any difference in terms of aesthetics or performance.

Not that it does matters unless dissipating heat through plastic affects the performance of the drive. SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB is a 7mm thin drive. SanDisk stopped using screws for a long time and uses clips within the plastic casing to hold it together.

Not surprising for a San Disk drive, the PCB is more than half of the drive’s width, with nothing more than a set of four-channel Silicon Motion SM2246XT controller and 15nm SanDisk labeled chips. This chip is specifically made for small-form-factor systems like PCs, tablets, notebooks, netbooks and embedded systems. There is a version of this controller for industrial use.

The formatted drive gives you 111 GB of space.

anvil endurance

During the write-intensive endurance testing, it was noticed that the temperature of the drive touched a maximum temperature of 56 degrees celsius. While such write intensive loads are unlikely to be done on an entry-level drive, it’s well within 70 degrees celsius maximum operating temperature spec.