Tuesday, September 1st 2020

Sabrent Announces Next-Generation Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 SSD

Sabrent have recently announced the Rocket 4 Plus NVMe SSD which they claim is the fastest available. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus utilizes the next-generation Phison PS5018-E18 SSD controller which enables significantly faster performance with 7,000 MB/s sequential read and 6850 MB/s sequential write speeds. These speeds are just above the recently announced Samsung 980 PRO and beat virtually all other PCIe 4.0 SSD's using the Phison PS5016-E16 controller which maxes out at sequential read speeds of ~5,000 MB/s.

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is available in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB variants which is double the max available capacity offered by Samsung on the 980 PRO. These speeds from Samsung and Sabrent are now approaching the bandwidth limits of PCIe 4.0 x4 slots, however the practical applications of such speeds are minimal for most users. Pricing and availability was not announced.
Source: Sabrent
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16 Comments on Sabrent Announces Next-Generation Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 SSD

#1
megamanxtreme
How does it do for Random R/W?
Definitely excited for the Phison E18s, though.
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#2
john_
No 4K speeds and that can only mean one thing.
Inferior to Samsung.
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#4
spectatorx
Now i'm waiting for this one, 2TB variant is a minimum for me. That's pity they didn't provide pricing and more importantly actual release date. The only dilemma in my case is ssd's cooling and motherboard. Asrock x570 taichi has this shield (i'm not fan of it) covering huge chunk of surface and cooler of this ssd is chunky, so question is: remove motherboard's shield (including chipset fan) and use this ssd with its own cooler or keep shield and rely on it as a cooler for ssd and chipset?
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#5
Aqeel Shahzad
No info from thermal point of view ?
Max temps is not defined ?
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#6
tigger
I'm the only one
spectatorx
Now i'm waiting for this one, 2TB variant is a minimum for me. That's pity they didn't provide pricing and more importantly actual release date. The only dilemma in my case is ssd's cooling and motherboard. Asrock x570 taichi has this shield (i'm not fan of it) covering huge chunk of surface and cooler of this ssd is chunky, so question is: remove motherboard's shield (including chipset fan) and use this ssd with its own cooler or keep shield and rely on it as a cooler for ssd and chipset?
Mine are only PCIe 3 rocket q, but my 2TB one is still a very fine gaming drive.
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#7
Tomorrow
This is how you make a Gen4 drive. Take notes Samsung!
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#8
Makaveli
megamanxtreme
How does it do for Random R/W?
Definitely excited for the Phison E18s, though.
Ditto all we need now are the TBW rating which I expect to be better than the 600 that the 980 "Pro" has.
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#9
ebivan
Makaveli
Ditto all we need now are the TBW rating which I expect to be better than the 600 that the 980 "Pro" has.
600TBW means 320GB a day for 5 years. How can that not be enough for a Desktop drive?
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Makaveli
ebivan
600TBW means 320GB a day for 5 years. How can that not be enough for a Desktop drive?
Considering my current desktop drive has a 1,800 TBW if I was in the market to buy another drive why would I buy one with less?
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#11
ebivan
Why would you even care if its 600 or 6000 if you dont even ever reach 600?
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#12
Makaveli
ebivan
Why would you even care if its 600 or 6000 if you dont even ever reach 600?
Because I do and there isn't really anything you are going to post that will change my mind.

If you like the drive all the power to you buy one.

I'm going to stick with Phison based controller drives just my personal preference.
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#13
Jbeazybeans
spectatorx
Now i'm waiting for this one, 2TB variant is a minimum for me. That's pity they didn't provide pricing and more importantly actual release date. The only dilemma in my case is ssd's cooling and motherboard. Asrock x570 taichi has this shield (i'm not fan of it) covering huge chunk of surface and cooler of this ssd is chunky, so question is: remove motherboard's shield (including chipset fan) and use this ssd with its own cooler or keep shield and rely on it as a cooler for ssd and chipset?
I'm in the same dilemma, I actually have the X570 Taichi and I have a Aorus Gen 4 SSD that's underperforming for whatever reason. Also, my MB temps were high AND my MB fan was noisy. I went ahead and ripped that fan out and just bought a Noctua 120MM case fan and just set it directly on top of the spot where the old tiny 40mm fan was. Not the best in terms of aesthetics. But damn the results are amazing. MB went from 75C under load down to 55C. Same with the SSD, the Aorus went from 70C down to 50C under extended writes. If you're ok with an extra fan, just plop a Noctua and it'll cool that plate along with any ssd you have.

So I'll probably end up buying this one and hope that it'll perform well. My Aorus Gen 4 is writing around 1000 MB/s, should be at least 4000. It's working fine otherwise so I figure maybe I'll keep it for a secondary M.2 and buy this new sabrent. Again that fan addition just sitting on the MB works wonders, way more than the stock crap 40mm fan and considerably more silent. Will probably work better than using the Sabrent heat sink AND you can keep the RGB if you want lol.
Makaveli
Because I do and there isn't really anything you are going to post that will change my mind.

If you like the drive all the power to you buy one.

I'm going to stick with Phison based controller drives just my personal preference.
TBW shouldn't be too much of a factor if it's above 500 or 600 and it's just for gaming or regular consumer stuff. Keep in mind writing 50 gigabytes per DAY for a decade you still won't kill it by then. You're probably not even writing a gig. It's mostly reading when you play games and browse stuff and what not. That doesn't affect the life too much. It's just simple math. Random performance is way more important. Though if you get a drive with like 200 TBW or less that's kinda a worry for longevity.
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#14
spectatorx
Jbeazybeans
I'm in the same dilemma, I actually have the X570 Taichi and I have a Aorus Gen 4 SSD that's underperforming for whatever reason. Also, my MB temps were high AND my MB fan was noisy. I went ahead and ripped that fan out and just bought a Noctua 120MM case fan and just set it directly on top of the spot where the old tiny 40mm fan was. Not the best in terms of aesthetics. But damn the results are amazing.
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Chipset fan was noisy up to bios 2.80. Since that version it is quiet in every mode. Before that update only quiet fan mode was fairly quiet (fan was still loud during POST but that was just up to few seconds). As i'm updating every bios version i do not have that problem since april so noise is not an issue to me.

About gigabyte ssd... imo sounds like a faulty unit, have you tried to rma it? As it doesn't perform anywhere near its rated performance.
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#15
Jbeazybeans
spectatorx
Chipset fan was noisy up to bios 2.80. Since that version it is quiet in every mode. Before that update only quiet fan mode was fairly quiet (fan was still loud during POST but that was just up to few seconds). As i'm updating every bios version i do not have that problem since april so noise is not an issue to me.

Yah it ended up being a faulty fan even after the bios updates. It's a lot cooler anyways now. And yah now I'll probably RMA it soon if I can, I'm still waiting on a response from them.

About gigabyte ssd... imo sounds like a faulty unit, have you tried to rma it? As it doesn't perform anywhere near its rated performance.
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#16
Abula
Give us the 2tb on release, and samsung is going to lose a ton of 980pro sales.
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