Western Digital has unveiled its new-generation SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs V2 that combine high performance, rugged design, and advanced security capabilities. In fact, the new SanDisk Extreme Portable Pro SSDs are the world’s highest-performing USB SSDs released to date, but there is a catch: you need a PC that supports a rather exotic USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface.
Since many laptops these days come with soldered-down SSDs that cannot be upgraded, demand for portable high-performance as well as highly-reliable external storage devices is growing among creative professionals who need a lot of storage space. To that end, makers of external storage devices are now investing considerably more in advanced portable SSDs in a bid to offer something that others do not.
Western Digital’s SanDisk Extreme-series drives have been quite a success for the company as the non-Pro models offer capacity and value, whereas the Pro SKUs offer unbeatable performance. Time has come for an upgrade.
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SanDisk Extreme Portable V2
Western Digital’s SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 and SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2 come in rugged chassis that are IP55-rated for water and dust resistance and can protect the drives from up to two-meter drops.
The non-Pro version features a silicon shell for extra protection, whereas the Pro models come in forged aluminum enclosures. The drives support password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption.
Both SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 and SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2 are based on Western Digital’s M.2-2280 NVMe drives with a PCIe interface coupled with a PCIe-to-USB bridge.
The non-Pro version features 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds as well as uses a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C interface with a 10Gbps bandwidth. Meanwhile, the Pro version is rated for up to 2000MB/s read and write speeds as well as utilizes a rather unusual USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C interface.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2 is not Western Digital’s first drive to use a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C connection.
Late last year the firm introduced its WD_Black P50 drive for enthusiasts using this interface. Usage of USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 for storage devices aimed at photographers and creative professionals looks a bit unusual since there are no notebooks supporting USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 and far not every high-end desktop supports this interconnection these days.
Meanwhile, usage of a USB interface means that the drives are compatible with all USB hosts albeit at different speeds.
All of Western Digital’s SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 drives are covered with a five-year warranty. The Extreme Portable V2 drives are now available in 500GB and 1TB flavours for $120 and $200, respectively. The Extreme Pro Portable V2 SSDs will come in 1TB and 2TB versions. The top-of-the-range model costs $500.
Source: Western Digital