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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB SSD Review

Unlike many of its competitors, the 2TB Rocket 4 Plus comes in a diminutive box, the weight of which is surprising but more on that in a minute. The front of the box has an image of the drive with the capacity displayed in the bottom right-hand corner. The rear of the box carries a different view of the drive along with the drive’s product number.


Once the box is opened the reason for the weight becomes obvious, the drive itself comes packed in a classy copper-coloured metal box, probably the best packing we have seen for a non-special edition SSD. Hats off to Sabrent for that one.

 

Built on a dual-sided M.2 2280 format, the 2TB Rocket 4 Plus has four packages of Micron B27B 96-layer 3D TLC NAND and an SK Hynix DDR4 DRAM IC on each side of the PCB. These are joined on the top side of the PCB by the Phison PS5018-E18 controller.

To help keep the controller and the NAND packages next to it cool, Sabrent has used a product label that includes a copper heat spreader in its design. The other side of the drive just has a normal label covering the components.

The PS5018-E18 is an 8-channel controller built on a 12nm process using Triple ARM Cortex R5 CPU’s together with a pair of CoXProcessor's. It has an interface speed of up to 1,600MT/s per channel and it supports the latest NVMe 1.4 specifications.

The E18 supports Phison’s 4th Gen LDPC engine and comes with End-To-End Data Path Protection. It supports AES 128/256bit hardware encryption and TCG & Opal 2.0, Pyrite, Sanitize and Crypto Erase technologies.

 

 

Sabrent’s SSD management software goes by the name Rocket Control Panel. It has a fancy, easy to use GUI and it allows you to all the usual things like checking the drive’s health and updating the firmware. It also has a link to download a copy of Acronis True Image for Sabrent.

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