SanDisk Promises Faster, More Responsive Computing Experience With New Extreme SSD

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News Posted: Wed, Feb 15 2012 12:09 PM

SanDisk announced the new SanDisk Extreme SSD, which claims to be 10 times faster than a 7,200 RPM hard drive. According to SanDisk, the new SanDisk Extreme SSD can boot a PC in less than 16 seconds, offers faster application launches, and reduces in-game delays. The SanDisk Extreme SSD delivers up to 83,000 maximum random write IOPS and up to 44,000 random read IOPS. High sequential read performance of up to 550 MB/s and up to 520MB/s sequential write speed deliver faster, more responsive computing. The SanDisk Extreme SSD is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities for $189.99 and $399.99 respectively. A 480GB version of the drive will ship later this year for $749.99.

SANDISK LAUNCHES HIGH-PERFORMANCE EXTREME SOLID STATE DRIVE

Consumer Drive Delivers Faster, More Responsive Computing Experience
and Extends the Life of Existing PCs

MILPITAS, Calif., February 14, 2012-SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced a high-performance solid state drive (SSD) for the retail channel. The SanDisk Extreme® SSD is up to 10 times faster than a 7,200 RPM hard disk drive1, enabling computer users to quickly boot and shut down their systems, launch applications faster and reduce wait times. The drive is also more durable and power efficient, delivering a reliable computing experience while maximizing battery life.

Extreme Performance

The SanDisk Extreme SSD can boot a PC in less than 16 seconds and quickly shut down the system, delivering a significantly improved user experience to desktop and notebook users. For gamers, the SanDisk Extreme SSD can launch applications in a fraction of the time and reduce in-game delays by generating environments faster during sequence transitions. This is particularly important during massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).

"Computer wait times are becoming a thing of the past thanks to SSDs," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Our SanDisk Extreme SSD delivers virtually instant boot and shutdown times along with faster application launches. It's a huge improvement to the computing experience."

The SanDisk Extreme SSD delivers up to 83,000 maximum random write Input-Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and up to 44,000 random read2 IOPS. High sequential read performance3 of up to 550 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and up to 520MB/s sequential write speed deliver faster, more responsive computing.

Extreme Reliability

The SanDisk Extreme SSD is more reliable and durable than a hard disk drive and is backed by SanDisk's reputation for quality. The drive contains no moving parts, decreasing the risk of data loss due to shock and vibration, and its mean time between failure (MTBF)4 greatly exceeds that of hard disk drives, giving users peace of mind that it will retain their files for the long term.

Additional Benefits

The SanDisk Extreme SSD consumes 30 percent less power than a hard disk drive while generating less heat and noise, making it an ideal solution for notebook users who want to maximize their battery life while computing on the go. The drive provides cost savings for IT departments or DIY enthusiasts who want to extend the life of their existing PCs without buying an entirely new system. The drive is easy to install-simply plug it into a computer's SATA port.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Extreme SSD is available worldwide now in 120 gigabyte (GB)5 and 240GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $189.99 and $399.99 respectively. A 480GB version of the drive will ship later this year with an MSRP of $749.99.

SanDisk Solid State Drives

SanDisk also announced today the SanDisk X100 SSD, featuring the utmost in performance and storage capacity for desktop and notebook PC manufacturers.

SanDisk offers a full portfolio of products for the OEM, enterprise and retail channels that is supported more than 20 years of flash memory innovation and the benefits of vertical integration. The OEM products also include the U100 SSD for cost-effective performance and customizable form factors, and the SanDisk® iSSD™ for an embedded micro SSD SATA form factor. All models are available as standalone SSDs or dual drive caching solutions.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Feb 16 2012 4:07 AM

These are okay prices but this is nothing more then marketing fluff, seeing as how most SSD's out there already outperform 7,200 RPM hard drives. I will admit that SanDisk is a good memory developer and they make quality products so this won't disappoint for those who buy it. However, with all of the other SSD's out there, what reason is there to buy this one; especially with the pricing that does nothing to stand itself out from the pack?

SanDisk has a huge uphill battle ahead of itself with it's first SSD.

 

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Feb 16 2012 5:45 AM

I'd really like to see a comparative review of recent SSD releases ; the field seems to be developing nicely (even if prices are still rather high for most of us)....

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I hate the when I see companies comparing SSD vs HDD.I know , I know, to persuade people who doesn't know but it's annoying for me O_o.Why don't they compare it to others SSD or its previous wave of SSD O_O I see nothing new at all in this SSD.

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Manduh replied on Fri, Feb 17 2012 9:42 AM

Exactly what you said cowboy.. To persuade people who aren't familiar with SSDs yet. They are still relatively new, at least to people who aren't pc enthusiasts/gamers/modders etc. Mind you a regular pc user wouldn't really have a need for an SSD yet but if they hear enough about the benefits compared to HDD they will probably swing in the right direction to buy one.

I think what these companies need to do most is work on getting the prices down so the average user WILL choose SSD over HDD.

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lipe123 replied on Fri, Feb 17 2012 6:48 PM

The SanDisk Extreme® SSD is up to 10 times faster than a 7,200 RPM IDE hard disk that was manufactured in the 90's -Fixed.

Who in their right mind goes and sets a number on something like that, instead they should just stick to "much faster" or a more realistic "5 times faster" since most drives run at 100mb/s nowdays.

Still good to see more and more SSD brands becoming available, it used to be only OCZ for AGES and now finally every second company has a 500+mb/s drive out.

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