In our last two SSDs of the Weeks we had some insane value dollar/GB. This week however, we have a different type of value with the SanDisk Extreme Pro released a year ago. The Extreme Pro’s value lies in its performance and warranty. Even after a year on the market it still stands as one of the most consistent SATA III SSDs available. Not to mention the outstanding 10 year warranty which set them apart from the pack when first released.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro comes in a 7mm 2.5” form factor and is available in the 240GB ($139.00), 480GB ($229.00), 960GB ($452.91) capacities. When it comes to performance with the Extreme Pro we see that the sequential speeds go up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write. In addition, the IOPS can reach up to 100,000 read and 90,000 write.
The Extreme Pro uses a Marvell 88SS9187 controller and SanDisk’s A19nm ex2 ABL MLC Toggle mode NAND. This hardware coupled with the nCache pro technology, which uses two tiered caching to improve random write performance of small 4KB blocks, provides very fast and consistent performance. Some other features that are supported on this SSD are DevSleep, TRIM, and thermal monitoring.
The Extreme Pro was the first SSD to come with the SanDisk SSD Dashboard. This software allows you to monitor the health, the current performance on what the SSD is doing, and has a variety of tools and settings to tweak the operation of the Extreme Pro.
Considering the SanDisk Extreme Pro is a year old it still stands a titan against current SATA III SSDs and is now available at a much discounted price.
This SSD received a gold seal on our review for its great performance and consistency comparable to that of an enterprise SSD.