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Sabrent's Rocket PCIe 4.0 SSD is now available to buy, offering 5GB/s speeds at $230

By midian182 · 5 replies
Jul 1, 2019
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  1. The US firm's Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 SSD is now available to purchase from Amazon, with shipping listed at two to three days. It conforms to the M.2 2280 form factor and NVMe 1.3 standard.

    Based on Toshiba’s BiCS4 96L TLC (triple-level cell) NAND Flash memory, the drive can reach up to 5,000 MB/s sequential read and 4,400 MB/s sequential write speeds when fitted into a PCIe 4.0 x 4 slot. It’s backward compatible with PCIe 3.0, where it offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,500 MB/s and 3,400 MB/s, respectively.

    The drive uses Phison's PS5016-E16 SSD controller and includes power management support for APST/ASPM/L1. It also boasts support for SMART and TRIM commands, along with advanced wear leveling, bad block management, error correction code, and over-provision.

    There are two storage choices available for the drive: a 1TB option that costs $229.99, and a 2TB size priced at $429.99.

    Back at Computex, Gigabyte showed off its Aorus AIC Gen4 SSD, which features 8TB of storage and can reach 15 GB/s when running in a RAID 0 configuration.

    Despite PCIe 4.0 only just arriving, both the PCIe 5.0 (128 GB/s) and PCIe 6.0 (256 GB/s) specs have been announced during the last few weeks.

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    Last edited: Jul 1, 2019
  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,540   +3,133

    Nice! That is a very low pricing, provided this thing is reliable. I will wait for Samsung to announce an update. They are likely to beat it speed-wise.
  3. netman

    netman TS Evangelist Posts: 351   +112

    For maximum speed, you will need to spend at least $500 for the 1 TB version because you'll need a new motherboard!
  4. Arionic

    Arionic TS Member Posts: 24   +15

    Might as well wait for the 5.0 or 6 if it requires a new mobo to support it.
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,529   +1,988

    you can still take advantage of the better random 4K read/write results even if you don't max out the top sequential results, which are arguably more important.
    Darth Shiv and pcnthuziast like this.
  6. Bullwinkle M

    Bullwinkle M TS Booster Posts: 146   +74

    Maximum Speed SSD's using PCIe 4.0 and higher

    We should soon start seeing "higher quality" M.2 extender cables to remove the SSD from hot areas in laptops and Mini destop cases, allowing for maximum cooling by heat sink / fan and even liquid cooling

    An extender cable for M.2 SSD's has been shown to increase both sequential as well as random speeds by simply moving the drive from a high heat areas

    Best SSD operating Temps are between 30 - 50 C (86 - 122 F)
    Avoid any temps over 70 C for data integrity and SSD reliability

    You can check your temp with Open Hardware Monitor >

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
    Robinson Ochoa likes this.

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