SanDisk says the new drive is designed for gamers and professionals who need to do a lot of data- and graphics-intensive tasks, such as movie editing, 3D gaming, or Auto CAD 3D designing. Also, the drive offers consistent performance after being used for a long time. It's hard to verify right now how consistent the drive works after a few years of usage, but I can say that its performance is indeed very impressive.
Note that the drive doesn't support self-encryption, which makes it unsuitable for business users. This is quite normal for SSDs designed for home users, however.
With the suggested pricing, the Extreme Pro is not the most affordable SSD on the market. However, with the average US cost per gigabyte ranging from 62 cents to 76 cents, depending on the capacity, it's not the most expensive either. Also note that the costs mentioned here are the suggested price, and the street price tends to be lower the longer the product is on the market. That said, even with the suggested price, the Extreme Pro is still an SSD of tremendous value, considering its great performance and top-notch warranty time.
In my testing, the Extreme Pro blew me away with its performance. I tested the drive both as a secondary drive in a computer as well as the main drive that hosted the operating system. In both cases it was the fastest I've seen.
As a secondary drive, it registered the sustained real-world data transferring speed of 450MBps for writing and 457MBps for reading. When used as a main drive and performing both writing and reading at the same time, it still scored 251MBps. By a large margin, it's the fastest among all high-end standard SSDs I've reviewed.
In tests using the PC Mark benchmark suite, the drive also scored the highest compared with other SSDs.
While it's hard to put this in numbers, the overall performance of the testing machine improved a great deal when the Extreme Pro was used as the main storage device. For the first time, I was able to notice the difference even when compared with other SSDs. If you switch to the Extreme Pro from a regular hard drive, you'll shocked by how much faster your computer boots up alone.
Note that you need to use the Extreme Pro in a computer that supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) to be able to fully appreciate its performance. With computers that support SATA 2 (3Gbps), the Extreme Pro will likely not show any difference compared with other SSDs on the market.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro is a big evolution in standard internal drives, and proves that SATA-based SSDs will still be on the market for a while longer before being replaced by the PCIe standard, which is currently used in recent systems such as the MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.
If you're looking to improve the performance of your home computer, be it a laptop or a desktop, the Extreme Pro is an easy recommendation thanks to its top-notch speed, friendly pricing, and unprecedented length of warranty.