Western Digital has quietly expanded its SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 3D SSD range with a 2 TB model. The drive offers performance on par with other models in the family as well as the company’s WD Black SN750. The launch indicates that the SanDisk brand is still very popular among end users and 2 TB capacity is gaining popularity.

Earlier this year Western Digital introduced its WD Black SN750 and SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 3D SSDs based on its in-house developed controller as well as 64-layer 3D TLC NAND memory. Both families feature the same components, the same levels of performance, and even come with similar dashboard software. Meanwhile, the WD Black SN750 family included 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models, whereas the SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe range is comprised of only 500 GB and 1 TB SKUs.

One of the reasons why Western Digital could decide not to include a 2 TB model into the SanDisk Extreme Pro range was the positioning of the brand. While the WD Black is aimed at gamers and performance enthusiasts, the SanDisk brand is mostly targeted at retail users (which doesn't exclude SanDisk products from being online), and therefore the manufacturer needed to limit itself to the most popular capacities because of the shelf space.

As it turns out, the company has changed its mind and quietly launched its SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 2TB SSD in Austria, Germany, and Japan. Pricing of the drive in the Land of the Rising Sun is unclear, whereas in Austria and Germany the device costs from €466 to €570.

Performance wise, the SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 2 TB offers up to 3400 MB/s sequential read speed, up to 2900 MB/s sequential write speed, up to 480K random read IOPS as well as up to 550K random write IOPS. While the drive offers the same speeds as the WD Black SN750, it does not come with an optional heatsink and therefore real-world performance of the SSDs may vary under high loads.

SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Specifications
Capacity 250 GB 500 GB 1 TB 2 TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 single-sided
optional heatsink (except 250GB)
Interface PCIe 3 x4 NVMe 1.3
Controller Western Digital in-house
NAND Flash SanDisk 64-layer 3D TLC
Sequential Read 3100 MB/s 3470 MB/s 3470 MB/s 3400 MB/s
Sequential Write 1600 MB/s 2600 MB/s 3000 MB/s 2900 MB/s
Random Read 220k IOPS 420k IOPS 515k IOPS 480k IOPS
Random Write 180k IOPS 380k IOPS 560k IOPS 550k IOPS
Power Peak 9.24 W 9.24 W 9.24 W 9.24 W
PS3 Idle 70 mW 70 mW 100 mW 100 mW
PS4 Idle 2.5 mW 2.5 mW 2.5 mW 2.5 mW
Warranty 5 years
Write Endurance 200 TB
0.4 DWPD
300 TB
0.3 DWPD
600 TB
0.3 DWPD
1200 TB
0.3 DWPD

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Sources: SanDisk Japan (via Hermitage Akihabara), Geizhals.at

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  • rozquilla - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    I have noticed that you can now use the Western Digital SSD Dashboard, and it can manage both WD and SanDisk drives... I'm glad as I was able to uninstall the SanDisk SSD Dashboard. They are exactly the same software, but themed differently, and now it seems WD added the devices database of SanDisk too. Haven't checked the other way around.
  • milkywayer - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    Didn't take Anandtech staff for playstation fans but glad to see PS3 and PS4 testing data.
  • Rob94hawk - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    At 9 W of peak power now I know why NVMe M.2 drives are blacklisted on my Acer Ryzen Nitro 2500U. Shame. This thing is a beast!
  • jordanclock - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    They're not blacklisted, Acer just made it SATA-only.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    Nice capacity. Endurance is kinda meh at best. Imagine what you could do for capacity in a larger form factor like 2.5 inch SATA. NVMe is great for its speed, but the at-keyboard difference between that and SSD SATA isn't as big of a jump as mechanical to solid state and NVMe comes with free-of-charge cooling and power problems.
  • olafgarten - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    As long as you have decent airflow in your case, cooling shouldn't be an issue.

    I think making larger 2.5 inch NVMe drives is a good idea though, it leaves more space for larger capacities and bigger controllers. I imagine they would be cheaper as well.
  • oRAirwolf - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    They exist. That is what U.2 drives are.

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