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SanDisk this week introduced its new family of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) – the Extreme Pro – designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals. The new drives not only deliver consistent, real-world, pro-level performance for the most demanding applications, but also come with an industry-leading ten-year limited warranty.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro family of SSDs includes models with 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The new drives deliver sequential read speeds of 550MB/S and write speeds of up to 520MB/s, the manufacturer also declares up to 100K/90K random read/write IOPS [input/output operations per second] for the new SSDs. The Extreme Pro SSDs come in 2.5” form-factor and use Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. The drives utilize Toshiba's second-generation MLC NAND flash memory made using 19nm fabrication process.
The new high-end SSDs from SanDisk also come with the nCache Pro technology that utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and fast responsiveness. The technology allows the SanDisk Extreme Pro ensures consistent, real-world, pro-level performance for the most demanding applications.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro is also supported by the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard application for Windows, which provides drive performance monitoring, firmware updates, manual or scheduled TRIM, secure erase, drive health, longevity, and temperature indicators, so that users can increase the operating efficiency of their SSD.
“The new SanDisk Extreme Pro leverages the latest developments in our innovative nCache Pro Technology to enable 24x7, real-world drive performance and responsiveness,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager of client storage solutions at SanDisk. “With its ability to deliver consistently fast computing backed by the industry’s first 10-year limited warranty, the Extreme Pro SSD delivers the performance, trusted reliability and value that enthusiasts and professionals expect from SanDisk.”
Since at present performance of high-end solid-state drives is limited by the Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface, SSD manufacturers have to find new ways to differentiate themselves from each other. To make the Extreme Pro series unique, SanDisk decided to offer unprecedented 10-year warranty, the first time ever for a consumer-class solid-state drive. While the warranty lasts for ten years, it should be noted that it is only valid if the 80TB to be written endurance cap is not exceeded.
SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SSDs will be available online and through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in June in capacities of 240GB (MSRP $189), 480GB (MSRP $369), and 960GB (MSRP $599).