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Introduction

Using an SSD (solid state drive) instead of a hard disk drive, at least as a primary unit to install the operating system and the most used programs and games, is the best option to build a PC with good performance, and the 240/250 GiB drives are getting affordable. We tested a low cost SSD, the SanDisk SSD PLUS of 240 GiB. Let’s see how it performs.

The SanDisk SSD PLUS can be found on 120 GiB, 240 GiB, and 480 GiB capacities. The model we tested has 256 GiB total memory, but it is sold as 240 GiB because 16 GiB are reserved for “overprovisioning”.

In our tests, we will compare the performance of the SSD PLUS to the Crucial BX100 and the Corsair Neutron XT, both with similar capacity. However, keep in mind that the Neutron XT is not a direct competitor to the reviewed model, since it is a mainstream model, not an entry one like the SSD PLUS.

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our “Anatomy of SSD Units” tutorial, which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs.

In the table below, we compared the tested units. All of them use SATA-600 interface and the 2.5” form factor, with 7 mm height.

Manufacturer

Model

Model #

Nominal capacity

Price

SanDisk

SSD PLUS

SDSSDA-240G-G26

240 GiB

USD 64

Crucial

BX100

CT250BX100SSD1

250 GiB

USD 65*

Corsair

Neutron XT

CSSD-N240GBXT

240 GiB

USD 90

Prices we researched at Newegg.com on the day this review was published.

* This price refers to the BX200 model, which replaced the BX100.

In the table below, we compared technical specs of the tested drives.

Model Controller Buffer Memory
SanDisk SSD PLUS Silicon Motion SM2246XT 4x 64 GiB SanDisk 05446 064G
Crucial BX100 Silicon Motion SM2246EN 256 MB DDR3L-1600 Micron MT41K128M16JT-125 M 4x 64 GiB Micron NW744
Corsair Neutron XT Phison PS3110 256 MB DDR3-2133 Nanya NT5CB128M16FP-CG 8x 32 GiB Toshiba TH58TEG8DDKBA8C