SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive Boasts 128GB Storage, Up to 240MB/s Write Performance

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SanDisk is no stranger to the tech version of storage wars, and lest anyone question it, the company just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive featuring premium-grade performance and blazing fast file transfers at up to 60 times the speed of standard USB 2.0 drives. We're talking about read and write speeds of up 260MB/s and 240MB/s, respectively.

With that kind of performance, users can transfer a full-length movie in seconds, or 1,000 high-resolution photos in less than 35 seconds, SanDisk says. That's provided your PC is rocking a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, otherwise it will top out at pedestrian USB 2.0 speeds.

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive

"The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance for technology aficionados who demand high-speed, durability and peace of mind that their files will be safe," said Philippe Willams, director of product marketing, SanDisk. "We are excited to be expanding our USB 3.0 solutions, and this is another example of our efforts to enable consumers with fast access to content and data."

As of right now, the drive is only offered in 128GB capacity, giving you plenty of storage for photos, movies, and anything else you might want to take from one place to another. It features an aluminum metal casing and comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software with 128-bit AES file encryption and password protection.

The drive is available now for $200 MSRP and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
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basroil2 replied on Tue, Feb 11 2014 8:07 PM

Pretty nice specs, but the current extreme drive 16gb to 64gb gets about 200mb/s read and 180write (not to mention double digit 4K random read/write speeds that other drives wish they had, most can't break 10mb read and just 0.5mb write!). Much more affordable too, even the 64gb one adjusted for capacity is 20% cheaper (and faster than and HDD based system can send to it)

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Paul_Lilly replied on Wed, Feb 12 2014 10:10 AM

That's not bad, though it certainly doesn't negate this product. The Extreme PRO is both significantly faster and more capacious, hence the higher price tag (also keep in mind that the MSRP is listed; street pricing could end up being lower). Would be nice if SanDisk offered some lower capacity options.

Towards that end, Lexar's JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 flash drive line is a competitive product. I own the 32GB model (265MB/s read, 245MB/s write), which is $65 on Amazon. It's also offered in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

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This is faster and bigger storage than my first hard drive!

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realneil replied on Wed, Feb 12 2014 1:22 PM

I have a Kingston HyperX 64GB flash drive, and I love the speeds it gets when it's connected to a 3.0 port.

USB 3.0 drives offer plenty of speed.

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basroil2 replied on Wed, Feb 12 2014 7:29 PM

"Towards that end, Lexar's JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 flash drive line is a competitive product. I own the 32GB model (265MB/s read, 245MB/s write), which is $65 on Amazon. It's also offered in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities."

The p10 is still more expensive than the year and a half old Extreme by ~30%, and it has absolutely abysmal 4K write (~0.03MB/s according to three reviews including tweaktown) compared to the Extreme (which has ~10MB/s). While it's great if you plan on transferring large files, it gets killed if you do something like load a blender repository( which is several thousand 4k and smaller files) or use it for data collection.

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