Our overall impressions of Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus are positive. Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus is positioned very well at current pricing for the performance it brings to the table, especially that massive write speed potential at 2TB, assuming it is adequately cooled. If you regularly write more than 300GB of data at once, which certainly isn't common, you'll want to ensure that you have a robust cooling solution for the 2TB drive. However, for most users with standard workloads, the 2TB model should be your pick if you want the best performance. While it will set you back a cool $400, it is the fastest of the two capacities we’ve tested so far.
Sequential performance is a strong suit of the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, and in that regard, it is one of the fastest M.2 NVMe SSDs we have on hand, as long as the workload falls within the cache. Most gamers and prosumers with normal workloads won't encounter any issues.
Samsung’s 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 make for tough competition, though. Both definitely offer a bit more oomph in responsiveness over the Rocket 4 Plus with faster random read performance, edging out ahead of the Rocket 4 Plus in key application tests. For gaming, it will still be hard to notice a difference between these three, however.
When it comes to endurance and warranty, the Rocket 4 Plus leaves us with mixed thoughts. Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus offers a bit higher endurance than the Samsung and WD, yet the Rocket 4 Plus carries half the endurance rating of the last-gen Rocket NVMe 4.0 at each capacity. And we're still are not fans of having to register our SSD for a full five-year warranty: Without registration, you get just a measly one-year warranty out of the box.
All things considered, Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus is a good value for those wanting to save a few bucks on their storage over WD’s or Samsung’s best offerings. Undercutting Samsung’s 980 Pro and WD’s Black SN850 by $30 at 1TB and the Black SN850 by $50 at 2TB, it's priced right – it's a good choice if you need high-capacity PCIe 4.0x4 bus-saturating storage now.
While many Samsung fans are eagerly waiting to hear word on when the 2TB Samsung 980 Pro will ship, Sabrent’s 2TB Rocket 4 Plus is available today, and there is a strong promise of a 4TB model coming soon. Bear in mind that Samsung’s SSDs come with an optional AES 256-bit full disk encryption support, a feature both the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and WD Black SN850 lack. For those who need security, Samsung’s 980 Pro may be worth the wait.
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