SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD with USB Type-C
Are you looking for a portable SSD that can utilize the USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports on your system and increase your productivity with insane performance? Look no further than the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD series that is available in capacities of up to 2TB with advertised sequential speeds reaching 850 MB/s. If those stats got your heart racing, you are the target audience for the Extreme 900 series!
The SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD is available in capacities of 480GB for $312.32 shipped
, 960GB for $459.99 shipped
and a massive 1.92TB model at $787.00 shipped
. All of the drives are rated at up to 850 MB/s sequential Read/Write and are backed by a 3-year warranty. This drive measures in at 5.25 x 0.7 x 3.25 inches in dimension and weights 0.66 pounds, so this portable drive is fairly bulky and is going to be a tight fit in skinny jeans. This drive is all about performance and this larger enclosure is what was needed to safely hide all the hardware needed to reach those high speeds.
Here is the official 30 second promotional video for those want to see a quick overview on this drive.
The model we'll be looking at for this review is the SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB that is sold under part number SDSSDEX2-960G. The drive looks good thanks to the gun metal aluminum enclosure with a black rubber side molding that helps with grip and drop shock-resistance. Sandisk includes a USB Type-C to Type-A cable as well as a USB Type-C to Type-C able in the box, so you'll be able to run this drive on any PC.
When you first connect the SanDisk Extreme 900 to a PC you'll see that there is a application called SanDisk SecureAccess 3.0 that can be installed. You'll need to install this software if you want to use the drives advertised 128-bit AES encryption!
SanDisk SecureAccess v3.0 Features:
- Quicker start-up
- Improved password settings
- Faster Encryption with multi-thread processing
- Ability to edit your documents stored in vault
- File Streaming Access
- Encrypted Backup and Restore data stored in vault
- Optional File Shredder (deletion) from source after transfer to vault
- Automatic logout time-out setting
It should be noted that we tested the SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB portable SSD with firmware X41100RL and that was the latest available when we did our testing. The drive shows up as being a SanDisk Ultra II 480GB in CrystalDiskMark, so it looks like SanDisk is using a pair of those SSDs in RAID 0 for this portable enclosure.
Fresh out of the box the SanDisk Extreme 900 drives come pre-formatted for NTFS and are ready for use on Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 systems. If you are wanting to use this on an Apple product you'll need to change the file system over to exFAT.
Let's take a look at some performance tests that we performed on Intel X99 powered desktop PC and wrap this up!
SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB Performance Benchmarks
CrystalDiskInfo is free benchmark that many people use to test storage drives with, but this test runs really quick and the results show the highest score of the five 'burst' tests for each performance metric tested. The problem is that the tests are so small and quick it rarely ever fills up a drives cache and is not a good look at real world performance on many external drives or SSDs that use TLC NAND Flash memory. We are including results for you to look at as you can use it at home to compare with to get an idea what the best case performance looks like on this drive.
We topped out at a blistering 691 MB/s on the sequential read and 650 MB/s on the sequential write test, which impressive scores for an external SSD!
ATTO Disk Benchmark showed that we were getting up to 793 MB/s read and 736 MB/s write speeds! These are the highest speeds that we have ever gotten through a USB 3.1 port!
With the applications preset in Anvil's Storage Utilities we found sequential speeds of up to 712 MB/s Read and 649 MB/s Write! These are some of the fastest speeds that we have ever gotten through a USB port!
We wanted to do some real world file transfers, so we copied over few MKV Full-HD movie that added up to almost 6GB. During the transfer we found that we were getting around 455-460 MB/s on average when the data was being written to the SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB drive. It took just 13.86 seconds to move almost 6GB of data over to the Extreme 900, which is amazing. The WD My Passport SSD 1TB managed to complete this task in 20.43 seconds and the Samsung SSD T3 2TB drive that is our lab file transferring work horse took 34.38 seconds!
Temperatures on the SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB drive were found to be around 35C at idle and spiked up to 43C when we moved around about 20GB of data. Not bad temperatures and the enclosure gets warm during heavy period of use, but is never what we would consider hot.
Let's wrap this up!
SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD Conclusion
The SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD 960GB model that we looked at today was wicked fast with speeds hitting 793 MB/s when reading data sequentially in the ATTO Disk Benchmark. The SanDisk Extreme 900 series is rated for speeds of up to 850MB/s Read/Write, so we came in a bit behind that on our particular test system. Real world performance is generally lower and we found that to be the case again for this drive, but we still managed to write data to the Extreme 900 at up to 460 MB/s. These are some impressive speeds and this is without a doubt one of the fastest drives on the market. It should be though as it is one of the first 10 Gbps USB 3.1 drives to come to market and has been targeted at those that want the fastest portable SSD around.
SanDisk was able to achieve these great speeds by using two SanDisk Ultra II 480GB TLC NAND based drives inside this enclosure that are run together in RAID 0. This might turn some people away, but that is what needed to be done to get theses speeds and it is these speeds that those working with large 4K video files and tons of high-res photos crave. It is also the reason that this external SSD is larger than many of the others on the market today.
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The SanDisk Extreme 900 SSD is larger than the Samsung T3 and WD My Passport SSD[/caption]
When it comes to pricing the you can purchase the Sandisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD in 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB capacities. All are backed by a 3-year limited warranty and need a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port capable of 5V @ 2A, 10W for normal operation. The Extreme 900 480GB model runs $312.32 shipped
, the 960GB model is $459.99 shipped
and the 1.92TB monster is $787.00 shipped
. The price per GB around $0.48 for the SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB Portable SSD that we ran our performance tests on today. This is higher than some of the other portable SSDs on the market, but you are paying extra for the performance that this series is capable of. If you are looking for one of the fastest portable SSDs on the market today with a USB Type-C connector this drive needs to be on your short list.
Legit Bottom Line:
The SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB SSD offers seriously fast storage for those that are looking to get the most from the USB 3.1 ports on their system!