SanDisk launched the Extreme PRO SSD, the latest model in its line of SSDs, at Computex 2014 in Taipei this week. The Extreme Pro SSD is geared toward gamers and PC enthusiasts and is backed by an industry-leading 10-year warranty.
The company claims read speeds of up to 550 MB/S, and write speeds of up to 520MB/S. The Extreme PRO SSD uses nCache, a two-tiered caching architecture, to provide the best speeds and endurance regardless of usage demands.
The company also included the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard application for Windows. It allows for drive performance monitoring, firmware updates, and maintenance to increase the efficiency of the SSD.
To back this all up, SanDisk has provided a 10 year warranty, which far exceeds any previous SSD and HDD warranties.
There are three models currently available, priced at $189 (240GB), $369 (480GB), and $599 (960GB).
read/write speeds will impress anyone (I just ran CDM on an old Vector
512GB, it does 521MB/sec seq. write no problem, with an AS-SSD
score of 1091, but then most decent models will be as quick from that
era onwards, except crippled ones like the M500).
I'm far more interested in 4K random/read write, as that's the main thing
which varies across top-end SSDs these days, along of course with
steady state behaviour, how it handles being filled beyond 50%, etc.
It is IMO (I don't mean deliberately by Crucial, rather it's just poor), eg. the write performance
of the M500 120GB is terrible, not even half the speed of an old Vector 128GB. The larger
capacity versions are better, but still not great. The poor write speeds ruled them out as AE
cache drives fo me. Ok for general stuff I guess, but other models are better.
milktea, I doubt the relevant target market cares much about power. ;) Such users probably
have juice-hungry CPUs, GPUs, etc., anyway.