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SanDisk unveils consumer SSDs with up to 960GB capacity, 10 year warranty

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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