The Extreme PRO comes in a small, black and red box. While there aren't a lot of details on the back, the front of the box advertises many of the drive's key features including its 480GB capacity, maximum read and write speeds, nCache technology and 10 year warranty. Inside, you'll find the SSD, a mounting spacer for use with traditional 9.5mm drive bays, and a fold out guide that contains warranty information as well as installation instructions for both desktop and notebook computers.

Physical Features:

The Extreme PRO looks very similar to SanDisk's other 2.5-inch SSDs. The top of the outer casing is made out of black plastic with a large, black and red sticker showing that the SSD is part of the company's Extreme PRO series. The bottom of the casing is made out of metal and is painted black to match the top. The large sticker on the bottom covers the screws holding the drive together and shows information like the part number, capacity and serial number.

Like the Extreme II, the Extreme PRO uses Marvell's 88SS9187 "Monet" controller. The 88SS9187 is powered by a dual-core Marvell 88FR102 V5 CPU and supports up to eight NAND flash channels. The controller also features a high-performance ECC engine with adaptive read and write scheme as well as on-chip RAID functionality.

For the 480GB version of the Extreme PRO, SanDisk opted to use their own 64GB 1Ynm eX2 ABL MLC Toggle NAND flash chips. Looking at the picture above, you can see that there are eight of these chips on the top of the PCB. The drive also has a 512MB Micron D9QNS DDR3 1600MHz memory chip that is used for caching.