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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB SSD NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 x4 Gaming Review 

BTR recently received a 2TB Rocket 4 Plus SSD from Sabrent which is a very fast 7,000/6850MBps Read/Write PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 x4 drive. Although its thin heatsink is perfect for the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and tight installations, Sabrent recommends using an external NVMe or PS5 heatsink to dissipate the heat generated to avoid thermal throttling and to maximize performance.  

We put the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus through its paces against eight other SSDs: (1) a 2TB CARDEA A440 Pro Special Series (7,400/7,000MBps Gen 4 x4), (2) a 1TB CARDEA A440 (7,000/6000MBps Gen 4 x4), (3) a 2TB CARDEA Zero Z440 (5,000/4400MBps Gen 4 x4), (4) a 2TB CARDEA Ceramic C440 (5,000/4400MBps Gen 4 x4), (5) the 1TB CARDEA IOPS SSD (3,400/3000MBps, Gen 4 x3), (6) a midrange TeamGroup 1TB MP33 (1,800/1,500MBps, Gen 3 x4 SSD), (7) a 4TB M200 portable USB 3.2 Type C SSD (2,000/2,000MBps), and (8) a fast 1TB Delta MAX White RGB (560MBps/510MBps) SATA III SSD.

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is available from Sabrent for $299 but at the time of writing it’s offered with a 15% off promotion at Newegg for $254.99 (!)  The T-FORCE CARDEA A440 Pro Special Series SSD is priced at Newegg at $359.99 for the 2TB version.  The T-FORCE CARDEA A440 (vanilla) SSD is at Amazon for $249.99 for 2TB, but it comes with two heatsinks, the 2TB CARDEA Ceramic C440 is priced at $229.99, and the 2TB T-FORCE CARDEA ZERO Z440 SSD is available at Amazon at $227.99 for the 2TB version.

For additional price comparisons, the TeamGroup 2TB MP33 NVMe SSD is $145.99, the T-FORCE NVMe CARDEA IOPS is $132.33 and only offered in a 1TB capacity as is the SATA III Delta MAX at Amazon for $89.99 but it offers RGB lighting.  The 4TB M200 Portable USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 Type C SSD is $527.99 while the 2TB version is $189.59.

Features & Specifications

Here are the features and specifications of the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB SSD which are taken directly from Sabrent’s website.

Features

  • PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, NVMe 1.3 compliant. APST/ASPM/L1.2 support.
  • Supports SMART and TRIM functions. Works in an enclosure.
  • Wide flash compatibility. Uses TLC with DRAM.
  • Advanced endurance features for a long drive lifespan.
  • Upgradeable firmware and software support.
  • 4.0-capable motherboard and M.2 heatsink are recommended, but the drive is backward compatible with PCIe 3.0 and 2.0 M.2 sockets.
  • All Sabrent SSDs come with Sabrent Acronis True Image for Sabrent

Specifications

The 2TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus specifications, based on CrystalDiskMark, boast up to 7,000 Read MB/s / 6,850 MB/s Write which are excellent for an current Gen 4 x4 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD and exceptional for gaming and most applications.  The 2TB model is rated for a solid lifespan of 1,400 terabytes written backed by a five year warranty with registration, and it features S.M.A.R.T and Trim support.  

Next, we unbox the Rocket 4 Plus and take a closer look at it.