Virtually everyone is familiar with the SanDisk name, likely as a result of the broad array of flash media available for numerous devices. They’re a well-respected brand with some very high performance parts, so much so that if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself with a counterfeit part. So, it should come as no surprise that they have released a line of solid state drives as it falls right in line with what they do best. This is our first look at one of their drives and we’ll kick it off with a look at their flagship drive, the SanDisk Extreme – specifically the 240GB variety. This is yet another SandForce SF-2281 powered drive so we have a pretty good idea how this will perform.
SanDisk claims reads and writes up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s on this particular capacity and IOPS of 39K and 83K reads/writes. They offer drives of 120GB and 480GB as well. The 120GB sets you back around $120, the 240GB is roughly $219 and the 480GB hits the $450 mark. If you couldn’t tell by the read/write specifications, each have SATA 6Gbps interfaces and carry a 3-year limited warranty.
The aluminum shell is all black with the familiar red SanDisk branding and around back we find the label with the model and legal information.
Let’s have a look inside, but wait, where are the screws to open it?