Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 Solid State Drive Review

Final Thoughts

Looking at the results from our tests we can see that the Rocket 4 Plus ranks in the top of the Gen4 NVMe solid state drives that we’ve tested. That is very much expected as the Phison PS5018-E18 is becoming the standard for this second round of Gen4 drives. Looking at our results we achieved speeds of 6990.09 MB/s read and 6844.19 MB/s write in CrystalDiskMark which was very close to the advertised speeds of 7000 MB/s read and 6850 MB/s write. Needless to say if you are upgrading to this drive from a SATA-based solid state drive you are going to be able to tell the difference, not only in say Windows load times but also game load times.

Now the Phison PS5018-E18 while offering great performance, does have a flaw, it will thermally-throttle under heavy writes. We’ve experienced this with every E18-based drive we’ve reviewed. Sabrent has tried to mitigate this with their copper-based sticker on the top of the drive, but it still happened in our ATTO Disk Benchmark test. Sabrent does sell their own M.2 cooler for $24.99, but it is more than likely that the motherboard you’ll be installing this on will have its own M.2 coolers. These will be more than sufficient for keeping the E18 nice and cool.

With both Intel and AMD now offering Gen4 storage the market is really going to take off and the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is an excellent drive to add to your build. It all comes down to pricing and right now you can pick the 2TB version of the drive for $469.99, which is on-par with many other 2TB Gen4 drives. Sabrent also backs the drive up with a 5-year warranty, but you do have to register. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score.

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Pros:
– Great performance
– Copper top sticker helps with heat dissipation
– Excellent unboxing experience
– 5-year warranty

Cons:
– Must register for warranty
– Phison E18 will thermally throttle under heavy writes unless properly cooled

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