SanDisk aims new SSDs at gamers

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Gamers will soon have access to a new range of high-performance solid-state hard drives from SanDisk.

Polygon reports that the new range, dubbed SanDisk Extreme Pro, was shown off at Computex recently with SanDisk loudly proclaiming an unprecedented 10-year limited warranty and “greater performance consistency over multiple competitors per PCMark 8 benchmarks”.

These drives will allow gamers who demand excellent performance from their systems to load games incredibly quickly, meaning shorter waits between launching and playing, and far shorter level load times too. They can be used in traditional PC setups to speed up game load times, or as replacement drives for the PlayStation 4’s storage.

That 10-year limited warranty is unusual as solid-state hard drives are based on Flash memory, a technology that has traditionally offered a lifespan of five years or less due to the limited number of reads and writes it is capable of. We’ve asked SanDisk how they’ve managed to get around that particular challenge, and will update the story with the details once they come back to us.

Polygon says that the new drives will be available in June, and will be available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. We’ve reached out to SanDisk’s local representatives to get word of local pricing and availability.

[Source – Polygon, Image – SanDisk]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.