Oh my. Having been involved in the flash industry since 2007, I can honestly say I never thought I would have in my hands what I have today….an 8TB external SSD that is powered by only its Thunderbolt 3 data cable and is 4″ long by 1.75″ wide by 1/2 thick. It can move data at speeds up to 2.7GB/s. We have been there with this description once already in our Sabrent Rocket Q 8TB review but… the 8TB Rocket XTRM-Q will hold 136,000 hours of music, 320 days of video, 1,480,000 photos or 4000 hours of movies…and you can slip it in your front pocket and simply plug it into any PC.
All the credit to Sabrent. They have seen the success in flash and there is nothing stopping them now. We are not even sure if another SSD manufacturer would ever even consider making a 8TB Thunderbold 3 portable SSD…ever. Any takers? Samsung? SanDisk? Plugable? ADATA? Actually as funny as it seems having Plugable included in this list, they are probably the only that might try to better such a feat. They are another large company that has only recently, like Sabrent, spread its wings in the flash industry.
The Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q External SSD is a Thunderbolt 3 PCIe x4 external SSD that uses the NVMe 1.3 protocol. It is available in capacities of 500GB, 1,2,4 and 8TB and automatically detects and connects to Tbt3, or any of the USB 3 connections. It’s specifications list speeds up to 2.7GB/s with Tbt3 or up to 900MB/s with USB-C connections. WE have tested and it reaches over 1GB/s with USB 3.2.
The Rocket XTRM-Q is plug and play and we initially into a bit of difficulty, no fault of Sabrent, but something that caught us off guard. In three different systems, the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q wasn’t recognized. Talk about panic. The end cause was simply our ThunderBolt 3 settings in our PC BIOS being set to Security/User Authorization. So normally, what might happen is a pop-up would appear notifying us that a new Thunderbolt 3 device has been recognized and asking for our approval. That didn’t happen. Nothing. So we explored, went into settings and changed them to ‘No Security’ and all was good. We might add that it popped up immediately with our USB-C 10Gbps laptops and we immediately tested performance up to 1GB/s with the included USB-C to USB-C cable, and up to 490MB/s using the USB-C to USB 3.1 cable.
Recently, we posted a review of the newest Sabrent Rocket Q 8TB NVMe SSD and we may have mentioned that the ONLY REASON we can get so much storage in such a small device, is because the Rocket Q uses Micron’ latest 96-layer QLC (4-bit) flash NAND memory.
Inside the Rocket Q are 8 1TB flash packages, a Phison PS5012-E12 NVMe 8-channel controller and two Kingston DRAM chips. Inside this Rocket XTRM-Q External SSD is the Rocket Q 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD. Warranty. I really like this business model. It is 1-year initially, extended to 5-years when you register with Sabrent.
Solid. The Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q External SSD is cut from a solid piece of aluminum. As disappointed as we are, it cannot be opened without destruction and the thick aluminum exterior provides for durability and heat dissipation. Sabrent describes the Rocket XTRM-Q as having an integrated temperature and health monitoring system.
Packaging for the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q is as with their full SSD line, in that, they ship their SSDs in very stylish metal cases. First appearances are everything, even with SSDs that will be tucked away inside a PC.
Checking Amazon pricing right now, we can see that the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q has a release date of 26 Jul 2020 but they are already listed. Pricing is set at $220.58 (1TB), $363.50 (2TB), $833.83(4TB) and $1614.68 for the 8TB version we are testing today.