Running the sequential numbers shows that it gets reasonably close to the stated 430MB/s/415MB/s read and write figures, respectively. As an aside, it took just under a minute to copy 20GB of large files from a fast SSD over to the SanDisk Extreme
The AS SSD test is harder, but the SanDisk Extreme returns the kinds of figures I'd expect from a premium offering.
There is a huge amount of choice readers looking for external storage. You can go to a standard USB stick that features massive capacity, though the usual refrain is that speed is oftentimes sacrificed for space. What makes more sense is to have an SSD housed inside a suitable enclosure, thus enabling higher throughput that's genuinely useful when capacity rises to 500GB-plus.
The SanDisk Extreme 500 is a good case in point. Sleek, unobtrusive and ready to go, it features true SSD speed in a pocketable, ruggedised form factor. Backed by a three-year limited warranty and retailing for £165, or 33p per gigabyte, the 500GB model strikes a good balance between cost and storage size. Handy for those who, like me, need to keep huge amounts of data within arm's reach... in a well-built drive that is strong in both form and function.
Hits speeds in excess of 400MB/s
Available as a 1TB model
Small and sleek
Three-year warranty as standard
SanDisk Extreme 500 (500GB) SSD
The SanDisk Extreme 500 (500GB) SSD is available to purchase from Amazon.
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