The best SSD and PC storage

Sabrent gave the Rocket 4 a nice boost with the Plus model. In our tests, this drive came closest to its class-leading, officially rated transfer speed of 7,100 MB / s read and 6,600 MB / s write speed, making it the fastest consumer drive currently on the market. Although real-world tests overtake the competition by the smallest margin and vice versa, the Sabrent drive lets you keep the boastful rights.

Like its predecessor, the Rocket 4 Plus’ value proposition remains unmatched, although this time around there must be more than $ 200 on-board for the 1TB model as Sabrent doesn’t sell a cheaper and less spacious 500GB version. On the plus side (geddit?), The newer drive is now offered in up to 4TB capacity so you can store huge game libraries, work files, and other stuff in one place. It takes you $ 800 for the privilege of owning the biggest rocket, but then your pockets will likely be deep enough to be able to afford a PCIe 4.0 motherboard and associated hardware needed to take full advantage of that drive.

It’s not a complete home run for Sabrent, as the Rocket 4 Plus has a noticeable downgrade in terms of endurance compared to its predecessor. Although both drives are TLC based, Sabrent Prices The 1 TB version of the newer model at 700 TBW (terabytes written) is less than half the 1,800 TBW for the non-plus drive. Similarly, the 2 TB Rocket 4 Plus has an output of 1,400 TBW, which is well below the 3,600 TBW of the standard 2 TB drive. Although a number for the flagship 4TB Rocket Plus is still TBD, it should be in the 2500-3000 TBW range.

The only reassuring factors here are an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of 1.6 million hours and Sabrent’s 5-year warranty, which, oddly enough, only applies if you register your drive and otherwise limited to just 1 year.

Just as good: Samsung 980 Pro

It has the trademark and is not a performance slouch either. The Samsung 980 Pro (read our review) is almost as fast as its competition, ousting the aforementioned Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus in our file copy tests. This time, Samsung has opted for aggressive prices with the 1 TB 980 Pro currently go for $ 200, just like its main competitors. However, the 2TB version is $ 100 more expensive than the Sabrent version.

Samsung offers impressive read and write speeds of 6,700 MB / s and 2,700 MB / s for only $ 80 When buyers choose the base 250GB model. This is good enough for operating system and primary applications storage. Larger, faster versions (500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB) are available for more demanding users.

Like the Rocket 4 Plus, Samsung’s 980 Pro is a hit for endurance. The waste is easier to find out in this case, as Samsung has switched from the 2-bit MLC flash of the 970 Pro to a denser 3-bit TLC in the 980 Pro. This has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in Samsung’s official TBW ratings for this model over the older 970 Pro and is at 150W / 250GB, 300TB / 500GB, 600TB / 1TB, and 1,200TB on the flagship -2 TB drive.

These numbers are lower than Sabrent’s and come with a slightly poorer MTBF rating of 1.5 million hours. However, Samsung also offers a 5-year warranty on its drives. Another plus is the well-built and sophisticated Magician SSD software.

It’s worth noting that both the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and Samsung 980 Pro are top-notch SSDs, and enthusiasts looking for the ultimate fast storage solution can’t go wrong either. The differences are due to the official TBW endurance rating where Sabrent leads Samsung and how they approach the value.

Samsung makes it easy to get started by offering a cheaper, slightly slower, 250GB base model, and has much greater brand awareness and track record in the storage business.

Recognitions

While Sabrent and Samsung are our top favorites in this category, competitors from WD and Crucial are not far behind. WD’s SN850 is a blistering top performer, although you may have to spend an extra cost on a heat sink as it has been found to get quite warm under heavy loads. At the $ 130The 500GB model of the drive is currently the same as the Samsung 980 Pro and costs just $ 10 more 1 TB version.

The Crucial MP600 is another solid PCIe 4.0 SSD that offers the lowest entry price among competitors, starting at only $ 100 for 500GB and $ 175 for that 1 TB model. It won’t touch its competitors’ peak transfer rates of ~ 7,000 MB / s, but most will likely find that the maximum reads of 4,950 MB / s and writes of 4,250 MB / s are perfectly adequate for everyday use.

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