Page 10 - Conclusion
After I have finished writing the introduction of this review, and playing through some situational fitting music of "Anchor" by Hillsong United through the Audioengine A2+ speakers sitting on my desktop, here is the $380 question to answer: Can we place all our hope in SanDisk to deliver the best in reliability and performance with the Extreme PRO 480GB? Being well aware of the fact that the SSD we are reviewing today is a standard SATA 6Gb/s unit, and not some epic PCIe RAID solution like the OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB I have reviewed last week, the SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB proves to be yet another masterpiece of a single disk solution in the market today. On the performance side of things, based on our benchmark results, it edges out its predecessor in most tests to be one of the fastest drives we have tested here at APH Networks. On the reliability part of the equation, I have only had it for about three weeks, so there is not a whole lot I can comment on. On the other hand, I have had two SSDs from them (I actually use the Extreme II 240GB in my main desktop computer), and I have never had a problem with either. Judging from what I am seeing from user reviews on major online retailer websites, it seems SanDisk makes pretty solid products overall. With a whopping ten year warranty from the manufacturer, even though there may a day that I am not looking forward to -- the day it dies -- and if and ever that day shall arrive, we are all fully assured that, even though it may be the end of the life of that product, it will not be the end of our ownership of that purchase. For about $380 at press time, the SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB is far from being the cheapest SSD for its size, but it is certainly one of the fastest money can buy -- along with the best warranty.
SanDisk provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 188.8.131.52
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage