Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB Review


Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB Review


We know we're already getting people commenting that the tests we perform are synthetic in nature and not truly reflective of real world usage as when you're loading games there isn't much to choose between a PCIe 4.0 drive and a PCIe 3.0 one. Our response to that is, of course not. Games spend so long loading lenthy videos showing off the use of RenderTree or whomever made it that the drive is largely idle. Similarly loading into the game is largely dependant upon your memory speed, or CPU speed, or any number of underlying factors. What we want to do is test the drives at their peak abilities so that in those scenarios where the drive does make a difference you can see how much of a difference it makes. Theoretically a PCIe 4.0 drive could load all of RDR2 into memory in 16 seconds, assuming you had 128GB of RAM on board. Rather than do that and then have massive caveats, we stick to the generalisation that is synthetic tests.


Right, back to the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. When we tested the 1TB and 2TB models of the Phison E18 equipped Sabrent we found it to be a blazing performer usually only bettered by the Samsung 980, but here in 4TB form it follows the tried and tested rule of SSDs that the larger your capacity the better your performance will be. It's the smaller drives but more so, to the point that in the majority of our write speed tests the 4TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus ended up being the fastest we've yet seen.

There are only two small things to be aware of, and both of them fall under the category of extreme usage. 99.9% of people will never thrash their drives as hard as we do when we're doing our cache tests, but if you do happen to be rendering a 90 minute movie in uncompressed 4K then it's worth noting that the Sabrent speed drop off is significant one you reach the limits of its capacity in a single write, and also that doing so does push the temperature up to just over 80°C. Be in no doubt that in the real world you'll never see speeds that slow nor temperatures that high, but it would be remiss of us not to mention that it's theoretically possible.

Sabrent continue to wow us with high performance drives that don't break the bank, and the newest, largest, addition to the Rocket 4 Plus range shows why they have found themselves in the thick of the action on high end desktops. If you have a PCI Express 4.0 capable system then you could do much worse than fill it with the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB and it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.

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Most Recent Comments

02-03-2021, 18:18:06

Tom Sunday
For the man on the street like me it's all about a 'cheaper' or better said more price effective and producing products. I also do not care about boot, load or read times and the likes and 25-seconds here or there does not matter to me. But like the many hundred of thousands of 'underemployed' out there with extremely shallow pockets $$$-reality always bites.

I love the use of NVMe's it will make my PC interior feel much larger and I can better mash my utter cable-mess more into the case corners for better airflow. Especially with my untalented thick fingers and loathing the idea of any cable management and RGB circus lighting. But I think that NVMe storage will soon result in all PC's running 100% SSD. Some Z590 mobos are already coming with 4-NVMe slots. So adios muchachos and all mechanical HDD's.

Perhaps when I get a better and more meaningful paying 'full-time job' I can stretch for the big storage NVMe dreams as touted here. Of course for today and right now I am counting on my $1,400 stimulus check (gift) from President Biden and Carmella to tie me over. This stimulus handout cannot come soon enough like the lucky few here apparently waiting with cash on hand for the RTX 3080ti to tie them over.Quote

02-03-2021, 20:15:37

Well, if you want the form factor, there are PCI-E M.2 ssds for more affordable prices, and same goes for entry level nVME drives.

PCI-E 4.0 storage would be a niche product if it wasn't for marketing, really. In all likelihood you couldn't tell the difference between SATA SSD and top of the line nVME without running a benchmark.Quote

03-03-2021, 16:27:41

Tom Sunday
Originally Posted by looz View Post
....In all likelihood you couldn't tell the difference between SATA SSD and top of the line nVME without running a benchmark.
Yes of course you are correct. For people like me that will be the way to go once I can step-up or afford a new system. Perhaps the revolutionary teased "Alder Lake" and better times ahead in the USA during 2022 will show me to a full SATA SSD bliss. Most here love elected President Biden but now it's time for him to show some of his promises and especially for the man on the street including yours truly.Quote

08-03-2021, 14:58:49

Originally Posted by looz View Post
In all likelihood you couldn't tell the difference between SATA SSD and top of the line nVME without running a benchmark.

that is a general statement and as most of them it´s not 100% correct.

for gaming i tend to agree.
you will barely notice faster load times in most titles (yet).

but for some productivity cases you will definitely notice the difference between a 3000-7000 MB/s nvme SSD and a 550mb/s sata SSD.

it all depends on what the user does with his storage device.
e.g. the likelihood depends more on the user.Quote

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