SanDisk Corp. on Tuesday introduced its new Extreme Pro family of solid-state drives designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals. The new drives offer unbeatable performance on par with other high-end SSDs as well as a 10-year warranty, an unprecedented thing for consumer-class solid-state drives.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSDs are set to be available later this month in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The drives use the Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface an provide up to 550MB/s read performance and up to 520MB/s write performance. The manufacturer said that its new drives feature the nCache Pro technology that utilises a two-tiered caching architecture to optimise speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking. The nCache should also ensure that performance of the SSDs will remain high after years of usage without any risks of losing data.
While the company does not reveal a lot of technical details in general, it is logical to assume that the new Extreme Pro drives are based on the second-generation 19nm MLC NAND flash memory with toggle/DDR interface produced by Toshiba and SanDisk.
The Extreme PRO offers an industry-leading 10-year warranty across the world, which indicates that SanDisk is confident about the quality and performance of its new drives.
The Extreme Pro line of SSDs will be available online and through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in June. The 240GB model will cost £133.90 in the U.K., $189 in the U.S.; the 480GB SSD will be priced at £247.90 in the U.K. and $369 in the U.S.; the 960GB drive will retail for £432.90 in the U.K. and $599 in the U.S.
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KitGuru Says: A 10-year warranty on a consumer SSD? Wow! SanDisk definitely deserves a praise here! Still, keeping in mind that SSD makers nowadays have to differentiate themselves somehow, long warranties will likely be available from other makers as well.