Interface: SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s)
Available capacities: 250GB
Seq. Read (up to): 550MB/s
Seq. Write (up to): 525MB/s
Rnd. Read (up to): 95K IOPS
Rnd. Write (up to): 81K IOPS
Dimensions: 2.75 x 3.96 x 0.28 in. (69.95 mm x 100.5 mm x 7.0 mm)
Operating temperature: 32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)
Shock Resistant up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec
Vibration: 5 gRMS, 10-2000 HZ / 4.9 gRMS, 7-800 HZ
Warranty: Limited 5-year warranty
The SanDisk Ultra 3D is a new client SSD similar to that of the WD Blue 3D. Because this drive is on the lower end of the performance scale, its main application will be general upgrades from an HDD-based system to solid-state technology for faster boot up times and speedier overall performance. It should also be noted that WD has the same drive under its own brand, so this is essentially an identical SSD with a different sticker slapped on it.
As its name indicates, SanDisk’s new SSD uses 3D NAND and nCache 2.0. It also features shock and vibration resistance for increased reliability. The SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD is managed through the company’s Dashboard, which gives users real-time visibility into how the drive is performing as well as cloning software, tools for disk analysis, and alerts for firmware updates. SanDisk quotes the Ultra 3D with up to 560MB/s and 530MB/s in sequential read and write speeds respectively (550MB/s and 525MB/s for the 250GB model) while random reads and writes throughput is expected to reach up to 95,000 IOPS and 84,000 IOPS, respectively.
Backed by a 3-year warranty, the SanDisk Ultra 3D comes in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB with prices ranging from as little as $99 to $550. For our review we will be looking at the 1TB model.
Design and build
The SanDisk Ultra 3D uses a 7mm form factor and is identical to other SanDisk SSDs with the exception of the model name, as the company hasn’t changed the look of their drives for several years. As such, it has the usual smooth and refined black metal enclosure with white, black and red color scheme. As we mentioned above, SanDisk's aluminum case is designed to resist shocks and vibrations to preserve data integrity.