Last week we stepped it down a bit for the SSD of the Week with the value oriented Crucial MX100. This week, we decided to step it back up and focus on the enthusiast class 2.5″ drives. This week’s SSD highlight is the SanDisk Extreme Pro.
SanDisk has been on a role lately with their latest releases and their top-tier Extreme Pro has a lot going for it. Available capacities include 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. It utilizes a Marvell 88SS9187 controller and SanDisk’s A19nm ex2 ABL MLC Toggle mode NAND. Bundle that with SanDisk’s nCache pro technology and you have an enthusiast class SSD that performs beautifully in our review testing.
Features such as DevSleep, TRIM, and thermal throttling are supported. SanDisk also include an easy-to-use SSD Dashboard for drive monitoring and management.
Performance wise, the Extreme Pro offers up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds. IOPS for all capacities reach 100,000 for read and 90,000 for write. Not only are our typical benchmark tests proof of this drive’s speed, when put through our PCMark 8 consistency test, speeds keep in the 200MB/s to 250MB/s range. This type of performance is double what other consumer drives typically achieve and more of an enterprise class SSD trait.
The Extreme Pro is also the first SSD that is backed by an industry-leading 10 year warranty. Yes, that is right, 10 years of warranty coverage for this drive! Before this, 5 years warranty was all the rage. Now, Samsung has followed suit by offering a 10 year warranty for their new 850 Pro.
One of the biggest reasons to buy this over the Samsung 850 Pro is the fact that money talks. While it doesn’t have any hardware encryption, the 960GB capacity model typically sells for $115 less than the 1TB 850 Pro on Amazon. I don’t use encryption on my drives, so if it is something you can live without and you want one of the top performing 2.5″ 7mm SSDs on the market today, this SSD may be the one for you.