The 4TB Sabrent Rocket Q NVMe is currently one of the biggest NVMe drives available for a gaming PC, but it is soon surpassed by a drive twice as large from the same manufacturer. In reality, they are from the same family.
Sabrent Rocket Q is a drive like any other until you get into the finer points of the game. Because the Rocket Q is unique in several ways, the most notable of which are the capacity choices. While I'm examining the 4TB version today, it's also available in 8TB and 16TB capacities. That's a lot for an M.2 2280 module, and it's a significant achievement.
The usage of QLC NAND in the none-Q version vs TLC NAND in the QLC version is one of the reasons behind this. In the same area, QLC provides for twice the capacity. The controller, which is a Phison E12s, is the other. The controller is essentially the same as the non-S version; however, it has been reduced to a smaller size. Sabrent can generate remarkable drives because of the combination of these two factors. For those who are curious, the NAND utilized is Micron QLC.
While using QLC instead of TLC may result in a small performance impact, it shouldn't be significant. But that's one of the reasons we conduct these evaluations in the first place: to find out those details and allow you to compare.
While this is true, there are also many advantages. Because more capacity may be packed into a single module, the footprint required for a given capacity quantity is reduced. You also reduce the amount of energy used, lowering your overall cost of ownership (TCO). Who wouldn't want that?
In terms of features, you get a drive that properly supports SMART and TRIM instructions. It also has Advanced Wear Leveling, Bad Block Management, and Over-Provision, and supports ONFi 2.3, ONFi 3.0, ONFi 3.2, and ONFi 4.0 interfaces. Oh, and if anybody is confused, this is a PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive, not a 4.0, as Sabrent also offers.
The bundled copy of Acronis True Image cloning software is something else worth noting. This is something Sabrent includes with all of their SSDs, and it's not just a nice touch; it's also extremely helpful. It performs a fantastic job and is easy to use, whether you use it to convert to the freshly bought Sabrent drive or as a backup tool.
The drive comes with a solid five-year guarantee from Sabrent, but you'll need to sign up for the extended warranty to get the most out of it. And you only have 90 days from the date of purchase to do it, so it's well worth your time.
Nonetheless, Sabrent claims 940 TBW (Terabytes Written) for this 4 TB drive, which translates to 527 GB of writes per day during the five-year warranty period, much more than most people would write in normal conditions (not impossible, but pretty unlikely).
Overall, the Sabrent Rocket Q NVMe SSD with 4TB capacity is one of the most remarkable NVMe SSDs available today. Yes, it is pricey, but it is so large that you can forget about putting games on a slower hard drive and just enjoy top performance all of the time. If you can't afford it, the 2TB drive (£220/$280) is a decent alternative.