The Biggest, Fastest M.2 SSD Launched

The Biggest, Fastest M.2 SSD Launched

At $1,500 (about £1,150/ AU$2000), Sabrent's latest Solid-state drive (SSD) is neither the largest, quickest or cheapest per TB capacity. However, it still reaches a lovely sweet spot.

This Rocket 4 Plus 8TB seems to be the sharpest and most powerful model currently available. After all, most of its competitors are faster but smaller (or larger but less capable).

The company first revealed this drive in late 2021. Still, potential buyers were expected to wait four months for the new model to become available.

A Manual Construction


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Sabrent informed TechRadar Pro that the gadget was behind schedule. That was due to the upgraded NAND (112-layer, TLC, 8Tbit, BICS5), bigger than previous generations and requiring extensive engineering to accommodate and tweak the software.

Sabrent asserts that it is the only firm to have requested from Phison - the producer of the PS5018-E18 memory controller - for the Rockets 4 Plus to earn the moniker "complete custom SSD."

The drive includes 1GB of SK Hynix Ddr4 ram, a five-year guarantee, the distinctive copper-colored heatsink, and a limited-edition version of Acronis True Picture disc duplication software.

The Carrier of Aircraft?


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Customers might also need a board that handles PCIe Generation 4. In addition, if you are connecting this to a computer, then the board should facilitate M.2 2280.

Once that preparation is resolved, you will be experiencing one of the swiftest NVMe SSDs available. Its claimed efficiency speeds are over 6GBps (write) and 7GBps (read). The latter is considerably slower than the 6.85GBps cited for the 4TB prototype. Yet, random IOPS are significantly higher and probably represent a more accurate benchmark.

In addition, there is a 6PB written endurance. That gets us to the next (critical) question: What will follow after the Conqueror and Battleship - two x16 PCIe Generation 4 cards that combine eight SSDs to create a virtual high-capacity storage vessel?

The HighPoint Systems SSD7540 was the foundation card for these two models, providing up to 23GBps performance. We are betting on the name "Aircraft carrier" for the next Sabrent powerhouse.

Genuine Feedback from GamesRadar

Until recently, the Sabrent Rockets 4 Plus has defied the ongoing trend of picking a fast SSD as a no-brainer. At that time, most people opted for Samsung's newest and finest product line. But today? Probably not, according to GamesRadar.

The market is flooded with very speedy PCI Express Gen 4.0 M.2 SSDs - among which is our current inspiration, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. That is a speedy process.

How rapid is that? For better visual stimulation, Sabrent's website features the following exact quote: "The world's fastest NVMe SSD."

GamesRadar had their hands on the 2TB variant, rated at 7,000MB/s read and 6,850MB/s write. Thus, it equals the reading performance of the Samsung 980 Pro 2TB and outperforms the 980's write performance of 5,100MB/s.

One major issue is that faster SSDs are theoretically available. As an instance, the read speed of the 2TB XLR8 PNY CS3140 is 7,500MB/s. Naturally, SSD performance ismuch more than the headline's consecutive throughput promises. With the finest SSDs for gaming, it all boils down to the little details.

Regardless, the SSD mostly lives up to its on-paper promise throughout these assessments. This Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB maintains top performance for nearly 600GB of data storage copying throughout GamesRadar's pre-flight preparation procedure. The testers have completely loaded the drive and erased the data before their evaluation.

With 7.1GB/s readings and 6.6GB/s transfers in CrystalDiskMark 7, it lives up to the theoretical claims from the companies. Perhaps - more critical for the daily perception of snappy application performance - is the 4K random access speed. The Sabrent performs well in this area, clocking in at 285MB/s for 4K transfers, second only to the WD SN850 BLACK in GamesRadar's evaluation of flash-based SSDs. The Rocket 4 Plus's 73MB/s readings in the same measure are slower but far from sluggish.

Thermals and alternate drives are another two aspects worth addressing. The Rocket operates somewhat hotter than one might like, at roughly 65 degrees Celsius when loaded. In addition, there are now faster discs depending on the Phison E18 controllers available - such as the Kingston Renegade Fury and PNY CS3140 XLR8 - both of which run much quieter. These gadgets are ideal for anyone looking for some of the best video game PCs or best gaming laptops. 

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