SanDisk, Western Digital’s photo-oriented storage media brand, has announced new versions of both Extreme and Extreme Pro portable SSDs that have USB-C and up to twice the performance of the previous generation.
These two new mobile USB-C drives are major upgrades to what were already well-received drives, including better performance, better warranties and higher security.
SanDisk Extreme Pro V2
The most impressive of the two new devices is the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD. By relying on custom NVMe technology, SanDisk says it can get up to 2,000 megabytes per second read and write speeds, up from 1
It retains the popular design with an aluminum core that works both as a rigid structure as well as a heat sink. It is coated in liquid silicone for good grip and two meters of fall protection and has an IP55 water and dust resistance.
Another change is the transition to 256-bit AES hardware encryption, rather than the software-based encryption it used to have.
USB-C SanDisk Extreme Pro comes in a 2 TB capacity at launch for $ 499, and a 1 TB version will launch this holiday season.
SanDisk Extreme V2
The Pro version pushes the boundaries of an NVMe drive, but may exceed what is needed. This is where SanDisk Extreme comes in. It is cheaper and still has twice as high performance as its predecessor.
Many aspects of SanDisk Extreme have been upgraded, including from a SATA SSD to NVMe media like Pro. The transition to NVMe as well as the transition from USB 3.1 Gen 2 to USB 3.2 Gen 2 helps a huge boost in performance. It has improved from 550 MB per second to 1050 MB per second read speed and 1000 MB per second write speed.
SanDisk has now increased the warranty to five years, and the station is protected with two meters of fall resistance and an IP55 rating. It also has 256-bit AES hardware encryption to secure your files.
SanDisk Extreme V2 is available in sizes 500 GB and 1 TB at launch for $ 119 and $ 199 respectively. A 2TB configuration is arriving this holiday season.