Sabrent Rocket Q Overview
The Sabrent Rocket Q looks like many other M.2 solid state drives out there. It is an M.2 2280 (80 mm) so it should easily fit in most motherboard M.2 slots and even inside of laptops. On the top of the drive you have a sticker with the Sabrent logo and it lets us know the capacity, which is of course 2TB.
Flipping over to the back we find another sticker that has our serial number, model number, and that capacity again. Looking at the back of the drive we notice that there is nothing on it (no chips). The single-sided design makes the drive more versatile, especially if you plan on installing it in a laptop. This is made possible by Sabrent using the Phison E12S controller, which has a smaller footprint than the original Phison E12.
Sabrent has matched the Phison E12S controller with 3D QLC NAND from Kioxia (formerly Toshiba). With QLC NAND you are writing four bits per cell. MLC NAND was 2 bits, and TLC was 3 bits. Using QLC (with more bits per cell) Sabrent is able to increase volume size, but you’ll have to deal with a write bottleneck as well as lower endurance. Most users won’t experience these issues at all though, the 2TB version of the drive has a TBW value of 530.