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SanDisk Extreme 480GB SSD Review (Page 1)

SanDisk released firmware R211 and customers celebrated. The 480GB Extreme uses the same philosophy that made the 240GB model so popular. You get a very good SSD with real premium flash at an unbeatable price.
By Chris Ramseyer on Nov 19, 2012 08:33 am CST
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: SanDisk



SanDisk entered the SATA III SSD market with great fanfare. The company is a pioneer in the flash market and even co-owns a NAND flash factory with Toshiba.

We've looked at the Extreme SSD 240GB on a couple of occasions while going through firmware revisions. At the same time we've tested the largest capacity size, 480GB and the 120GB model.

Today we're running the 480GB Extreme SSD through some tests and now that firmware R211 is public, we can tell you all about it.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability


SanDisk released the Extreme SSD in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacity sizes. The performance changes a little with each capacity size with the 240GB model being the fastest. Today we're looking at the 480GB model and as you can see some of the performance metrics are down a bit when compared to the 240GB size.

One of the reasons SanDisk made such a splash with the Extreme SSD is the price. Google Shopping tipped up a low price for the Extreme SSD 480GB of just $359. This price blows the sweet spot of $1 per GB out of the water and makes this one of the lowest priced large capacity SSDs on the market today.

In order to get to such a low price point SanDisk made the Extreme SSD a no frills product. Unlike some other Team SandForce offerings, SanDisk didn't include a desktop adapter bracket or data migration software. At this price we aren't going to complain because the price is amazing. You also get a three year warranty.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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