Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB and 2TB Review

Conclusion

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB and 2TB Review

Conclusion

As the festive season draws closer and we have many parts of life demanding slices of our time it's lovely to have a product which can be summed up so simply.

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus pairing continue the outstanding performance we've been seeing from Sabrent products recently, with both the 1TB model and particularly the 2TB one having absolutely barnstorming performance. It wasn't that long ago that we reviewed the Samsung 980 Pro and its Elpis controller and we didn't imagine anything would get close to it for a long time. We've looked at a fair few PCIe 4.0 drives and it was comfortably the class leader, far beyond anything else we'd reviewed.

Yet, here we are with two models from Sabrent that have a Phison PS5016-E16 controller coupled to some Western Digital BiCS4 3D NAND and in read speeds they're both a match for the Samsung 980, but in write speeds they smoke the competition. The bigger the drive the faster it goes is the usual rule of thumb, and although the 2TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus outperforms its 1TB sibling, they both are normally to be found at the top of our graph, especially in the write tests.

Staggering performance and the perfect demonstration of Sabrent's iterative design process. Instead of resting on their laurels or being content as the choice of people who want high capacity at an affordable price, Sabrent are now providing class leading performance and high capacity at an affordable price. If you've got the PCI Express 4.0 hardware to make the most of it you'll be thrilled at how relentlessly fast they both are, in all scenarios. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus are easy winners of our OC3D Performance Award. Short and sweet, but when something is this obviously brilliant little else needs to be said.

The 1TB model is available for £197 whilst the 2TB has a retail of £466.

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29-12-2020, 11:22:16

Gothmoth
i see a lot of synthetic benchmarks but no real life benchmarks.

maybe that is why you praised the 980 pro while other reviewers had a more critical view on it.


some of the review sites i trust came to the conclusion that the 970 pro had some advantages in real life situations over the 980 pro.
while the 980 pro sure shows some impressive peak numbers.
the 970 pro actually behaved better in some real life situations.


maybe the test are dated for PCI 4.0 devices but in anandtechs heavy and light storage bench the 970 pro beat the 980 pro a few times.



anyway... crystal disk mark and co. only give a very limited insight on how a SSD actually performs.Quote

29-12-2020, 15:48:33

Deadtroopers
The advice all reviewers give is don't go off just one or two reviews, use half a dozen at least. There will always be outliers and individual reviewers have different methodologies and different biases.



Synthetic workloads might have the "downside" of not being "Real World use", whatever the hell that is, but they do have the upside of being much more consistent.



Also, one reviewer's work is only valid against their own testing. As long as you are comparing the Tiniest One with his own work, you have a valid comparison. Not so much when compared with others who might have different controls and different variables.Quote

31-12-2020, 08:58:25

Gothmoth
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deadtroopers View Post
The advice all reviewers give is don't go off just one or two reviews, use half a dozen at least. There will always be outliers and individual reviewers have different methodologies and different biases.

Synthetic workloads might have the "downside" of not being "Real World use", whatever the hell that is, but they do have the upside of being much more consistent.

Also, one reviewer's work is only valid against their own testing. As long as you are comparing the Tiniest One with his own work, you have a valid comparison. Not so much when compared with others who might have different controls and different variables.

yeah i know. and i don´t want to badmouth the 980 pro.

i have 4 of them and santa just brought me 2 more.
i bought them because compared to the 970 pro they offer a good value (209 euro for 1TB here).



https://i.imgur.com/AvMK84S.jpg


but the thing is, to have a real insight into how a SSD performs you need more than synthetic benchmarks.


Quote:
Synthetic workloads might have the "downside" of not being "Real World use", whatever the hell that is,

let say your a photographer that fills up the SSD quite often when he returns from a shooting.
in a way that the SLC cache runs out. how well perfoms the SSD then?
there are quite some differences how badly SSD models will behave.


how are actual application load times?
for most gamers the great looking numbers of PCI 4.0 SSDs yield next to nothing (on a PC) in real world usage.

how many gamers now that... not many from my experience.
they look at 3500 vs 7000 MB/s and think it will be twice as fast.
some would actually be better of to buy a bigger and slower SSD than a smaller and faster SSD.

i could give a few more examples but i think it has become clear what i mean.

running a few benchmarks is something everyone does.
my grandma can do it.
if you want to give your readers (as a youtuber/reviewer) more "value" then you need to dig a bit deeper.

you don´t judge a car only by how it fares on perfectly prepared racetrack.

and while the 980 pro is sure a nice SSD... some of the changes they made have negative effect on performance. if/how you are affected is a question of your usage... but you need to know about it first.Quote
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