The new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 is a major improvement over the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V1 that was introduced in 2018. SanDisk has managed to double speeds from the original since they moved from a SATA-based SSD to one that is NVMe-based. This is how SanDisk managed to double performance on this generation and is the main reason that people will want to upgrade to it.
That said, the performance of the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 is basically the same as the WD My Passport SSD (2020) that was reviewed earlier this month when it came out. Both use a WD blue SN550 NVMe SSD with customized firmware along with the ASMedia ASM2362 bridge chip that supports the PCI Express Gen3 x2 10Gbps interface. The circuit board inside appears to be exactly the same and they even share the same firmware version number. SanDisk told us that the firmware on the Extreme Portable SSD V2 does have some tweaks for enhanced write performance, so we’ll just take their word on that.
When it comes to pricing the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 1TB drive that we reviewed here today carries an MSRP. That MSRP is $10 higher than the WD My Passport SSD (2020), but you get a drive with a different look and a carabiner loop. The choice is up to you, but the drives perform virtually the same. This is one of those rare times where you can base your purchasing decision on looks!
Legit Bottom Line: The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 delivers over 1 GB/s of performance at a respectable price point!