SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD review: Top performance backed by longest warranty

While the high-endurance claim is generally hard to verify, SanDisk backs the Extreme Pro with a 10-year warranty. For the first time, you can have the peace of mind that your SSD will last longer than any other parts of the computer.

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.

Competitive pricing

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.

SSD US street price

WD Black 2 Dual Drive
$0.18
Samsung 840 Evo (500GB)
$0.53
SanDisk Extreme II (480GB)
$0.54
Vector 150 (480GB)
$0.54
Plextor M6S (256GB)
$0.57
SanDisk Extreme II (240GB)
$0.60
SanDisk Extreme Pro (960GB)
$0.62
Seagate 600 (480GB)
$0.69
Plextor M6S (512GB)
$0.73
Samsung 840 Pro (512GB)
$0.75
SanDisk Extreme Pro (480GB)
$0.77
Samsung 840 Pro (256GB)
$0.78
SanDisk Extreme Pro (240GB)
$0.79
Intel SSD 730 (240GB)
$0.92

Note:

Measured in cost per gigabyte based on current price on Amazon.com. MSRP used for reviewed product. The lower number indicates better value.

Top performance

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.

CNET Labs' SSD data transfer scores

SanDisk Extreme Pro
250.98
450.59
457.46
Seagate 600 SSD
192.26
259.01
275.21
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme
236.18
269.78
270.8
Transcend SSD720
145.26
230.58
269.55
Intel SSD 730 Series
189.52
265.53
266.84
WD Black 2 Dual Drive
174.65
114.66
228.2
Plextor M6S
155.34
144.78
227.89
SanDisk Extreme II
224.27
255.86
203.42
OCZ Vector 150
231.42
265.32
200.46

Legend:

As OS drive (read and write)
As secondary drive (write only)
As secondary drive (read only)

Note:

Measured in megabytes per second.

In tests using the PC Mark benchmark suite, the drive also scored the highest compared with other SSDs.

PC Mark 8 SSD Storage Score

SanDisk Extreme Pro
4,957
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme
4,948
OCZ Vector 150
4,948
SanDisk Extreme II
4,938
Seagate 600 SSD
4,896
WD Black 2 Dual Drive
4,869
Intel SSD 730 Series
4,868
Plextor M6S
4,810
Transcend SSD720
4,779

Note:

Higher number means better performance.

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.

Conclusion

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.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (240GB)

Part Number: SDSSDXPS-240G

MSRP: $189.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type Internal hard drive
    internal hard drive
  • Capacity 240 GB