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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB is undoubtedly a luxury for performance enthusiasts, but are the crazy speeds worth it? Let's find out with our hands-on testing!

Blazing Fast!

Review Summary

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD is a powerhouse when it comes to crunching numbers and whatnot. This is a premium storage solution from the Sabrent without any compromise on the sheer performance. The SSD is well-suited for enthusiasts and professionals alike and comes recommended by us.

Hours Tested: 8
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Overall
9/10
9/10
  • Value - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Performance - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Build Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  • Up-to 5 year Warranty
  • High-Performance Drive
  • Thermal cover in Sabrent branding
  • PS5 Heatsink for added value

Cons

  • Comes with a 1-year warranty. User is required to register the product with Sabrent for 5 years warranty
  • High price tag

Sabrent, known for its wallet-friendly yet high-performance storage solutions, unveils the game-changing Rocket 4 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe. In this review, we delve into the Sabrent DDR5 Kit’s 2TB Rocket 4 Plus SSD—a storage powerhouse with impressive speeds. Can it truly deliver on its promises? Our focus turns to the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB NVMe Testing.

Beyond features, its compatibility with the PlayStation 5 positions it as an optimal storage upgrade for gamers, seamlessly fitting within the PS5 console.

Apart from this review, we’ll be providing a PS5 installation guide alongside the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Review, so stay tuned. Furthermore, if you want even more performance, check our review of the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus G 2TB NVMe.


Key Takeaways

  • The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD is a high-performance storage solution designed for users seeking top-tier speeds and compatibility with PCIe Gen 4.0 technology.
  • You should get the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB if you are a high-performance enthusiast seeking top-tier speeds, have a motherboard that supports PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, and prioritize a seamless storage upgrade for PlayStation 5 gaming.
  • You should not get the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB if you have minimal storage needs or are already satisfied with your current storage solution. Additionally, if your motherboard does not support PCIe Gen 4.0 x4.

  • Why you can trust Tech4Gamers: We understand the importance of making informed decisions. That’s why our team spends significant time testing every product we review. Find out more about how we test.

Let’s go over the specifications:

Product Rocket 4 Plus 1TB Rocket 4 Plus 2TB Rocket 4 Plus 4TB
Pricing $199.99 $399.99 $799.99
Capacity (User / Raw) 1000GB / 1024GB 2000GB / 2048GB 4000GB / 4096GB
Form Factor M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280
Interface / Protocol PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4 PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4 PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4
Controller Phison PS5018-E18 Phison PS5018-E18 Phison PS5018-E18
DRAM DDR4 DDR4 DDR4
Memory Micron 96L TLC Micron 96L TLC Micron 96L TLC
Sequential Read 7,000 MBps 7,100 MBps 7,100 MBps
Sequential Write 5,300 MBps 6,600 MBps 6,600 MBps
Random Read 350,000 IOPS 650,000 IOPS 650,000 IOPS
Random Write 700,000 IOPS 700,000 IOPS 700,000 IOPS
Security N/A N/A N/A
Endurance (TBW) 700 TB 1,400 TB 2,800 TB
Part Number SB-RKT4P-1TB SB-RKT4P-2TB SB-RKT4P-4TB
Warranty 5-Years 5-Years 5-Years

We have also tested the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB NVMe SSD; make sure to check it out as well.

Packaging And Unboxing

SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS NVMe 

Unboxing the actual SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS NVMe is a lovely experience; we discover an incredibly elegant hardtop box with a tag labeling the SSD in an image with the 2TB brand. The rear contains the same black label with the 2TB tag and other model information.

Opening the packaging, we can see that SABRENT made an effort to package the 2TB Rocket 4 PLUS NVMe. In a cover with foam cushioning, we discover the SSD beside a manual.

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
Inside The Package (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Closer Look

The SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS NVMe 2TB SSD measures 80x22x3.65mm and weighs 2.4 ounces. Its M.2 2280 form factor (M Key type) fits various M.2 slots. Operating on NVMe drivers, no extra software is needed.

The black PCB with a copper heatsink features a “ROCKET 4 PLUS” label, indicating its 2TB capacity. As a PCIe Gen 4 SSD, it’s backward compatible with PCIe Gen 3.

At PCIe GEN 4.0, it boasts sequential read speeds of 7000MB/s and write speeds of 6850MB/s. Noteworthy figures include 650K IOPS in random 4K Read and 750K IOPS in random 4K Write, placing it among the top performers in its class.

Pro Tip: Ensure your motherboard supports PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 for optimal performance. This SSD takes full advantage of the latest technology, providing faster data transfer rates compared to PCIe Gen 3.0.

On the back, there’s a white sticker with power ratings and a QR code. The SSD has a reading power of 7.3W and a writing power of 8.2W and operates at 3.3 volts.

As a dual-sided SSD, the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS features DRAM, NAND Flash, and other components on both sides. The 2TB and 4TB versions are dual-sided, while the 1TB version is single-sided.

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
SSD Side View (Image By Tech4Gamers)

SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS features the potent Phison PS5018-E18 chip, a PCIe Gen 4.0×4 beast with 8 channels, Dynamic SLC Cache, and DDR4 DRAM for 36% faster performance than its predecessor. The drive houses 8 Micron 3D TLC NAND chips, each at 250GB.

WARNING: During installation, handle the SSD with care, especially if it’s a dual-sided version. Follow the provided instructions to ensure proper installation, avoiding any damage to the components.

Heatsink – PS5 Installation

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
Packaging (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The PS5 Heatsink is found in foam packaging, together with a Philips head screwdriver and a PlayStation 5 HEATSINK manual.

A high-quality Aluminum black cover replaces the PS5’s original heatsink with SABRENT branding. Some heatinks tend to retain heat, making your drive hotter rather than cooler. That is not the case with the Rocket 4 PLUS’s MS5 Heatsink, which is composed of high-quality Aluminum with fine machining and milling. Heat is transported considerably faster than normal, and installation is simple.

The actual heatsink is quite simple to install; simply remove the PS5’s existing heatsink with a provided Philips head screwdriver and replace the drive with the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS NVMe, making sure the drive is exactly in position. Once the M.2 is in position, remove the plastic cover from the rear, and the Heatsink will precisely lay in place. Tighten the single screw in place using the supplied screwdriver.

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
ScrewDriver (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Several online tests has demonstrated that the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS PS5 Heatsink is worth the temperature decreases. If you acquire the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS NVMe SSD for your PS5, we recommend getting the heatsink.

Software

SABRENT gives a copy of Acronis True Image to its Rocket 4 PLUS users as free and easy cloning software. We also received a download for the SABRENT Rocket Control Panel, which allows us to monitor and upgrade the drive as needed.

Pro Tip: Explore the Sabrent Sector Size Converter included in the software package. It allows you to switch between 512-byte and 4K-byte sector sizes based on specific requirements.

Testing & Benchmarks

We used the following test bench for the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB SSD:

Microsoft Windows 10 x64 21H1 is used for the testing.

The following software was used to test the drive:

CrystalDiskMark Results

We tested the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS on both versions 6.0.0 and 8.0.4 of CrystalDiskMark, and the following results were obtained:

I tested the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS SSD on earlier versions like 6.0.0 using CrystalDiskMark. Results were impressive, exceeding the rated 7000MB/s read and 6600MB/s write speeds.

The 4K Q32 results were extraordinary. Then, I checked it on CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4 for any differences.

3DMARK Storage Test

Only the gaming performance of the drive will be tested with 3DMARK. It will allow us to compare the load times of various games, as well as load times for recording gameplay, saving games, and transferring games. We’ll get an overall score and times in the end.

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
3DMARK Score (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS did an average of 506.51 MB/s and 61µs. 

AS SSD

AS SSD is another benchmarking tool used for testing SSDs. All tests were run with the default 1GB test set.

The Rocket 4 PLUS did impress us with a total score of 12834. Next, in the right image, AS SSD 4K 64 Thread Operations (IOPS) were recorded. Once again, the scores are self-explanatory, with the total score being 13079

ATTO 

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
ATTO Disk Benchmarks (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Sequential Read and Write speeds were tested with the ATTO Disk Benchmark tool. The maximum sequential read speed of 7000MB/s was recorded, with an average being more than 6.5GB/s. The average write speeds were recorded at around 6.6GB/s. 

Anvil

We will now run the Anvil Storage Utilities benchmark to test the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS’s performance. 

SABRENT ROCKET 4 PLUS REVIEW
Anvil Storage Utilities (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The default test size of 1GB was utilized; the speed score for reading was 9484.77, while the write speed score was 16782.75. This took the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS to an overall score of 26267.52.

Real-World Data Copy

We copied a compressed file of 100GB size on the Source folder in the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD and copied it to the destination folder on the same drive. The compressed file contains multiple folders and files of varying sizes, including more compressed folders.

The average data transfer rate was 2.36GB/s, and it took roughly 43 seconds to copy the complete file to the destination.

Thermal Performance

We have used 3 consecutive runs of the ATTO benchmark utility and noted the maximum temperature on the SSD via HWMonitor software. The maximum temperature was 72°C at an ambient of 38°C.

Should You Buy It or Not?

After a thorough examination of the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD, I’ve determined that:

Buy It If:

✅High-Performance Enthusiasts: If you are a performance enthusiast seeking top-tier speeds, the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB NVMe is an excellent choice. Its impressive sequential read and write speeds make it a powerhouse for demanding tasks.

✅PCIe Gen 4.0 Compatibility: If your motherboard supports PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, this SSD is a must-buy, as it takes full advantage of the latest technology, providing faster data transfer rates compared to PCIe Gen 3.0.

✅Gaming on PlayStation 5: Specifically for PlayStation 5 users, the SABRENT Rocket 4 Plus 2TB is an ideal storage option. Its compatibility with the PS5, along with the provided heatsink, makes it a suitable choice for upgrading your console storage.

Don’t Buy It If:

Minimal Storage Needs: If you have minimal storage requirements and don’t engage in resource-intensive tasks, the high capacity and performance of the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB might be overkill. Consider lower-capacity SSDs that suit your needs.

Already Satisfied with Current Storage: If you are already satisfied with the performance of your existing storage solution and don’t require an upgrade, there may be no urgent need to invest in the SABRENT Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB NVMe.

Conclusion

In summary, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD is a performance powerhouse, outshining competitors in the Gen 4.0 SSD space. Tested against rivals like WD Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro, it emerges as the go-to choice.

Designed with PlayStation 5 compatibility in mind, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, complete with a dedicated heatsink, makes it an attractive storage upgrade for PS5 users. The packaging and presentation showcase Sabrent’s commitment to quality, and the installation process is user-friendly.

Our extensive testing, spanning benchmarks and real-world scenarios, confirms that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus lives up to its promises. While it might be overkill for minimal storage needs, it’s a must-buy for performance enthusiasts and those seeking the latest in storage technology.

In conclusion, if you’re after top-tier speeds, PCIe Gen 4.0 compatibility, and a seamless upgrade for your PS5 storage, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB is a solid investment.

Awards Received By Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus SSD

Here are the Tech4Gamers awards received by Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus SSD:


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