Samsung may have revealed their own PCI-e 4.0 SSD recently, the 980 PRO, but it appears that Sabrent already has a faster product than Samsung’s offerings. Meet the new Rocket 4 Plus SSD, packing insane speeds. To be precise, this SSD boasts sequential read speeds of up to 7000 MB/s and can write at up to 6850 MB/s, making this the fastest M.2 SSD by a significant margin.
While the 980 PRO caps out at 5000 MB/s for the sequential write metric, the Sabrent 4 Plus on the other hand can achieve 6850 MB/s for write and a full 7000 MB/s for reads.
It appears that Sabrent was waiting for this opportunity for Samsung to first reveal their long-awaited 980 Pro SSD Model, and once it was unveiled, Sabrent responded with their own Rocket 4 Plus SSD lineup, thus giving Samsung just a few days of glory, a technique widely known as sandbagging.
The new Sabrent ‘Rocket 4 Plus’ NVMe SSD is powered by Phison’s new E18 controller/PS5018-E18, and comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities, and it uses TLC NAND for storage. The drive also comes with a huge bulky cooler that uses tons of aluminum and three thick copper heat coils. To fully utilize the potential of these drives, they must be installed on a PCIe Gen 4 compliant platform such as AMD’s X570 (AMD Ryzen/TR 3000 series processor and a PCIe 4.0 compatible motherboard) and/or Intel’s Z490 (Rocket Lake CPU).
You can’t get 7GB/sec without creating some massive heat, but Sabrent has the answer in the form of a new custom heatsink, which uses a winning combination of aluminum and copper. Sabrent has used copper to absorb the heat coming off of the drive when it’s revving at 7GB/sec. According to Sabrent, by this method the heat is moved away from the drive, through the grooved aluminum surface on top of the heatsink.
It’s good to have the fastest NVMe SSD plugged into your PC/system, but if there’s no proper cooling or heatsink then you will rarely see those stable max speeds achieved, because the drive will throttle down due to thermals, just like a CPU or GPU. To pump an insane 7GB/sec speed requires some serious cooling, and Sabrent already has the answer in the form of the Rocket 4 Plus SSD.
“When maximum performance is reached, additional heat is generated. To help dissipate this heat efficiently, Sabrent has developed a state-of-the-art heatsink using the winning combination of aluminum and copper. Designed for desktop computers, the heatsink is easy to install and fully compatible with Single/Double sided M.2 2280 SSDs”.
“The copper is used to absorb the drive’s heat, moving it away from the drive and spreading it through the grooved aluminum surface on top of the heatsink. This added level of cooling efficiency allows the drive to avoid all thermal throttling, which maximizes the performance of your drive”