SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD Review – Great Speed & 10 Year Warranty

SANDISK SSD DASHBOARD

With the new SanDisk Extreme pro SSD family comes a brand new SanDisk SSD Dashboard that is compatible with all SanDisk SSDs.  It can be downloaded here.  As much as the Dashboard has similar qualities to that of other manufacturers software, SanDisk has included a few tricks that we never expected.

SanDisk SSD DashBoard Opening Screen1

The opening screen provides details as well as health of your SanDisk SSD.  You might notice that our Extreme Pro firmware version starts with the lettering X210.  From here, you can select separate menu items to include Performance, Tools, Settings and help.

SanDisk SSD DashBoard Performance Screen

The Performance screen is unique and unlike anything we have seen in other similar products yet.  Rather than allowing the opportunity to test your SSD, it maintains a steady log of performance speeds utilized while the SSD operates.  In our example here, we are doing an AS SSD throughput benchmark and can see the same results being recorded in the SanDisk Dashboard Performance Monitor.

SanDisk SSD DashBoard Tools Screen

The Tools Screen provides full identification of the SSD and it’s SMART attributes, the system configuration, as well as providing for firmware updates and a secure erase of the drive.  Erasing the drive can be done on the go and does not require any system reboot, although one will have to initialize, format and provide a logical drive letter for the newly erased drive, once complete.

SanDisk SSD DashBoard Settings Screen

Lastly, we have the settings screen that provides for starting the SanDisk SSD Dashboard on startup, as well as turning off Windows write-cache buffer flushing.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 5.6.2

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB CDI

Although many of the SMART attributes are vendor specific, we can monitor many of the key values such as Total Host Reads and Writes.

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  1. IDE, PATA, SATA, SATA II and SATA III.
    Sand Force 2281, Jmicron Controller etc..
    That is enough.
    A consumer do not need a 10 years of warranty.
    Producers are making very little and unnecessary updates for their products.
    They change the NAND or controller… They change the warranty period…
    But SATA III is same. 550 read 520 write is same.
    Consumers want real renovations.
    The producers must focus on new speeds and forms.
    SATA is out of date by now.
    SATA IV or SATA Express will never occur.
    The new solution, the only solution is PCI-e.
    The best example is 2.5-inch Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVM Express) PCIe SSD.
    Surpassing 3000 MB.
    SATA became unnecessary after PCIe.

    Not only about SSD but also other devices.
    For example Flash Memory.
    Toshiba announced UHS-II Flash Cards. The fastest cards ever.
    That means UHS-I speed is out of date by now.
    But producers still focus on UHS-I cards.
    They still try to make up UHS-I. They announce UHS-I U3 cards!! Min. 30 MB guarantee.
    UHS-I and UHS-I U3 became unnecessary after UHS-II.

    Technology companies do not want to provide the best solutions to the consumers. They only think about marketing! and money! So They move very very slow about replacing old technologies. They only focus on unnecessary making up operations.

    • > SATA is out of date by now.
      SATA IV or SATA Express will never occur.
      The new solution, the only solution is PCI-e.

      sata express is based on pci-e and will happen anytime now.
      And i don’t see the issue if a drive has more warranty.

      • SATA has followed to twice the speed.
        1.5 Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s.
        People wait a 12Gb/s SATA with the name of SATA IV or SATA express.
        I know, sata express is based on pci-e. But not same.
        But pci-e will not twice the SATA III.
        It will not follow the twice speed process.

        And Please say me what will you do with 10 years of warranty?
        Are you going to be able to use this SATA III drive in 2024?
        Please say me that do you have a chance to replace the new SATA II HDD of your laptop with a 8 yer old IDE hard drive? Is an 8 year old IDE drive compatible to your new laptop?

        Will this SSD be compatible to the laptops or PCs of the nine or ten years later?

        This SSD or any SSD will be useless after 4 years maximum.

        I am sure and you can be sure that; technology is not updated for the consumer profits. It is upfdated only for the money. Proof? Intel always renews the Sockets with its new CPU models.

      • > SATA has followed to twice the speed.
        1.5 Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s.
        People wait a 12Gb/s SATA with the name of SATA IV or SATA express.
        I know, sata express is based on pci-e. But not same.
        But pci-e will not twice the SATA III.
        It will not follow the twice speed process.

        Regular sata is already scrapped and everything from now on will be based on pci-e. Sata 6gbit is the last version of sata that will use its own signaling.

        It doesnt matter what speed it follows. Sata express is already almost 4 times faster (pci-e 2.0 x4 2GB/s). I really dont see the probleme here.

        >And Please say me what will you do with 10 years of warranty?
        Are you going to be able to use this SATA III drive in 2024?
        Please
        say me that do you have a chance to replace the new SATA II HDD of your
        laptop with a 8 yer old IDE hard drive? Is an 8 year old IDE drive
        compatible to your new laptop?

        It doesnt matter how i will use it. Sandisk has its edge with 10 year warranty and i see nothing wrong here. Its always better to have more warranty than less

      • Hey Benjamin I am not an ignorant fanatic youngster.

        But you are a REAL consumer like Intel & Sandisk and others want.

        Producers can remain to sell a product to you for decades with little unnecessary updates.

        You are ready to be defrauded.

      • What ?!
        What you just said makes no sense whatsoever.

      • I said “producers only make up the old technologies”
        You say that “sata express is based on pci-e”.
        Is not this a make up for the SATA?
        It is BASED on pci-e.
        It is not new!

      • Who cares if its new or old… Its MUCH faster than previous version (4 times). If they used a shortcut (by using pci-e) instead of developing new signaling protocol (which is way more time consuming and brings no benefit over pci-e) i see no issue here. With pci-e, speed bumbs will be much quicker (because all they need to do is bump the number of lanes or just use the latest version of pci-e)

  2. MargaretRLavallee

    Another interesting spec lies in active power consumption of .13W for the 240GB capacity and .15W for the 480 and 960GB capacity. https://merky.de/805fcc

  3. So is this drive worth the extra $70 vs. a Samsumg 840 Evo with 20GB more storage? I am looking at the 480 and 500 GB models. Can spend either $225 (evo) or $295 (extreme pro)…

    • It depends on your needs entirely. Do you want a performance SSD or a typical user SSD? Do yoiu need the capacity more than performance?

      • I would say performance is #1 as a gamer. But I am wondering if the Sandisk is really worth that extra cash. Is the difference THAT noticeable? I will be coming from a 5400 RPM 1TB drive… More space is always better, but I don’t think 20GB will make or break me.

  4. final thoughts 1st para, bad english/grammar

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