New SanDisk Extreme Pro SSDs feature 10-year warranty

SanDisk has updated the top end of its SSD range with the new Extreme Pro line. The biggest change is in warranty coverage: SanDisk is backing these drives for 10 years, in what looks to be a first for a consumer SSD.

In addition to the generous warranty period, SanDisk claims improvements over the performance of the Extreme II line. Sequential write performance has increased by about 2-3% (to 515-520MB/s), random reads by about 5% (to 100K IOPS), and random writes by 15-20% (to 90K IOPS), depending on the capacity in question. Sequential read performance remains unchanged.

The Extreme Pro line continues to utilize SanDisk’s nCache technology, which the company describes as a “two-tiered caching architecture to optimize speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and incredibly fast responsiveness.” We tested an nCache-equipped Extreme II 240GB last year, and we discovered that, while the feature might improve performance under certain workloads, it doesn’t have a major effect on overall performance.

SanDisk’s announcement doesn’t mention the type of controller or NAND flash used. Going by what’s inside the Extreme II, though, the Extreme Pro likely uses MLC flash and a Marvell controller. We’ve asked SanDisk for clarification.

Newegg is already offering the Extreme Pro for pre-order in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities for $189.99, $369.99, and $599.99, respectively. The drive will be available this month, with Newegg quoting a June 12 release date.

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    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 8 years ago

    [s<]Wow, Amazon is really going after Newegg's business. Throw in Prime (free returns) and this is a night/day kind of purchase, $55 cheaper for the 240GB and $140 cheaper for the 480GB. The only equal purchase is the 960GB, so it must be at a pretty high fixed point for both companies to sell. [/s<] NOTE: Nevermind, the HoverHound link doesn't go directly to the Pro but instead to the Extreme II so it is not a clean comparison. I would like to know how the Pro stacks up to the Extreme II in endurance. [s<][This is like buying wine at a restaurant. The more expensive wine is closer to the wholesale price than the lower priced wines. The low priced wines have a higher markup because it falls more in line to all the prices and is the "cheapest" alternative of all them. The $6 glass of wine is closer to $6 for the whole bottle, which gives about 10 pours netting the house a profit after the first pour while the $20 glass is 1/10 of a $200 bottle and breaks even on the wholesale cost.][/s<]

    • Airmantharp
    • 8 years ago

    Well that, and the fact that Sandisk’s SSDs are inexplicably top-notch- I don’t think that they really have to worry about warranty claims, particularly with solid-state parts that have to be truly abused to fail (physically, electronically, or through excessive non-typical ‘use’).

    • Airmantharp
    • 8 years ago

    A free 4TB hard drive wouldn’t hurt- and neither would a free 4TB SSD nine years down the road either :.

    • gamoniac
    • 8 years ago

    Nice strategy, SanDisk. Ten-year warranty sure sounds good and is great marketing, although I have to wonder if SATA connector will even be around then. Ten years ago, I bought an 80GB IDE HDD. A replacement today would be used as a door stopper.

    • NovusBogus
    • 8 years ago

    1TB has been the standard mainstream HD size for five years and counting and USB sticks never seriously pushed beyond 64GB. 240GB might go by the wayside but 480 and 960 will definitely be around.

    • smilingcrow
    • 8 years ago

    As the smallest is 240GB it’s hard to see why they won’t be relevant in 2 years.
    There are still loads of people that don’t require more than 240GB in total now and in 2 years time unless they radically change their usage patterns.

    • hubick
    • 8 years ago

    I like a company that’s willing to put it’s warranty where it’s mouth is and really stand behind their product over it’s entire lifetime. As long as the performance is competitive, I’ll seriously look into purchasing one of these next time I’m on the market.

    • just brew it!
    • 8 years ago

    They’re probably counting on very few people taking advantage of the warranty past ~5 years out.

    Smart marketing move though, they’ll probably get a lot of people buying these drives who have been leery of SSDs because of the alleged write endurance issues.

    • albundy
    • 8 years ago

    its funny to even think that those ssd capacities will even be relevant in 2 years, let alone 10. That warranty is comforting though.

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