SanDisk released the Extreme Pro at Computex 2014, and it is still the fastest client SATA SSD on the market today. Many expected SanDisk to use Computex as the platform to launch a PCIe-based client SSD, but that didn't happen. Instead, SanDisk updated its business line-up with the Z400s.
With both large and small capacity sizes, the Z400s can serve the embedded market and business notebook sector. The DRAM-less design should cost less than existing products in SanDisk's portfolio, but at the same time deliver enough performance to satisfy both roles.
SanDisk also released two external storage products at Computex 2015 with USB Type-C connectors. The Extreme 900 Portable SSD and Extreme 500 Portable SSD are aimed at creative professionals and tech enthusiasts. The latter scales to 500GB, while the former is available in capacities all the way up to 1.92TB, making the Extreme 900 Portable the largest all-flash portable drive on the market. The Extreme 900 Portable SSD also delivers up to 850 MB/s of sequential performance, a number that also makes it the fastest portable SSD on the market as well.
SSDs are still no archival media, and they will corrupt after a year or two without power. But if you are the sort of person who travels a lot and unplugs your PC for 2-3 months at a time then it is not a real concern anymore.
I'm so out of touch that I didn't even know that was "a thing"
Really? 5 years ago? Because I've gone on vacation for about a month and my Windows wont even start anymore. And that was about a year ago. Heard a rumor that the 3D stacking technology thing managed to eliminate this problem and i was waiting for some more good news about that before buying a new SSD.
A $60 240GB SSD is the reason why you don't feel a big performance increase over your HDD.
But how old was the SSD? The model, not the particular one that you own.