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SanDisk Unveils SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD—Delivering Consistent, Real-World Performance for a Superior Gaming Experience

COMPUTEX 2014 — SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD—a drive designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals who demand the highest possible consistent, real-world performance1. With sequential read speeds of 550 megabytes/second (MB/S) and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme PRO loads and runs graphics-intensive applications and game levels in a heartbeat. Additionally, by offering up to 1TB-Class of capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD provides the space needed to store even the biggest programs, games or files, and load them blazingly fast—transforming any PC or console into a serious gaming machine.

The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is designed to deliver blazingly fast performance for gamers, PC ent ...

The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is designed to deliver blazingly fast performance for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals. It will transform any PC into a serious gaming machine. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Building off the success of our award-winning SanDisk Extreme® II, the new SanDisk Extreme PRO® leverages the latest developments in our innovative nCache™ Pro Technology to enable 24x7, real-world drive performance and responsiveness,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager, Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “With its ability to deliver consistently fast computing backed by the industry’s first 10-year limited warranty**, the Extreme PRO SSD delivers the performance, trusted reliability and value that enthusiasts and professionals expect from SanDisk.”

SanDisk’s nCache™ Pro technology utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and incredibly fast responsiveness from desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. The technology allows the SanDisk Extreme PRO® to super-charge a PC for power gamers, developers, media professionals and PC enthusiasts who need consistent, real-world, pro-level performance for their most demanding and graphics-intensive applications.

According to DFC Intelligence, PC gaming revenue recently eclipsed console gaming and they forecast that the PC gaming market will exceed $25 billion in 20142. This increasing popularity is being largely driven by the rise of multiplayer online battle arena titles and free-to-play games. With the SanDisk Extreme PRO®, an industry leading, real-world performance SSD, anyone can upgrade their PC to boot up faster, open files more quickly, and load programs, applications, and games in a fraction of the time. The SanDisk Extreme PRO® is also supported by the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard application for Windows®, which provides drive performance monitoring, firmware updates, manual or scheduled TRIM, secure erase, drive health, longevity, and temperature indicators, so that users can increase the operating efficiency of their SSD. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard is available for download immediately at www.sandisk.com/ssddashboard.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD will be available online and purchasable through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in June. Offering an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is compatible with any PC, laptop or game console that accepts 2.5’’ SATA storage devices, and is offered in capacities of 240GB (MSRP $189), 480GB (MSRP $369), and 960GB (MSRP $599)**.

See the new SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD in action and square off against celebrity gamer, Sen Yang "Sen" Chia Cheng, a professional StarCraft II player, at Computex 2014, taking place June 3-7 in Taipei at stand number N0804 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall. The SanDisk Extreme PRO will also be fueling a StarCraft II online gaming competition from June 5-8 that gamers and enthusiasts can watch on Twitch (English broadcast - twitch.tv/totalbiscuit; Korean language broadcast - twitch.tv/crank; Chinese language broadcast - http://live.neotv.cn/live/personal-31/scboy). For more information about the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD, please visit: http://www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/extreme-pro/. You can also view a video of the SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD in action on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBlnDx3pdSQ.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Extreme Pro are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries. nCache is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

*1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less.

**10-year warranty in regions not recognizing “limited”. See www.sandisk.com/wug for more details.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for technology and product introductions, wafer production, technology and product capabilities, costs and performance and markets that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available when we expect or in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.

1 Real-world performance claims based on steady state testing in PCMark 8 consistency test. The steady state represents what actual “real-world” performance would be after normal to heavy usage. The test provides real-world-like preconditioning that represents the state of an actual used storage drive. All testing done on the same platform: GIGAByte GA-Z77X-UD5H, RAM 8GB, Microsoft Windows 8 Ultimate 64-bit SP1, Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel driver: 12.9.0.1001.

2 Hexus, “Global PC Games Market Revenue Overtakes Consoles,” April 28, 2014 and Games Industry International, “Games Industry to Exceed $25 Billion in 2014—DFC”, January 29, 2014.

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