Without a doubt, the loudest a reader can be in the SSD world is when a company dares to switch hardware in their SSDs without telling anyone. This goes back years and, well, few have escaped the wrath of online ridicule when they are caught doing such. I have always been the bad guy and still believe that manufacturers have every right to do such, so long as they don’t affect their posted specifications in any way. (Donning ballistic vest once again) Believe it or not, it happens in EVERY business and most never know… haven’t a clue in fact. But not in the SSD industry!
So what about Sabrent? They have recently change NAND flash memory in all of their Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs and not said a word to anyone. Nobody seems to care. There is no uproar. No rumblings and not even a whisper…not even from Sabrent… and there should be. You see, Sabrent has secretly upgraded each and every capacity of their Rocket 4 Plus NVMe SSDs from Micron 3D TLC 96-Layer NAND to the industries best Micron 3D TLC B47R 176-Layer NAND and you can get that on Amazon at an amazing price right now. Lowest price in the industry for B47R SSDs in fact.
So what’s the difference? Let’s cut to the chase and show you old and new on our AMD Test Bench well before we get into the meat and gravy of this report.
Exact same SSD. Exact same capacity. Exact same TSSDR AMD Test Bench. Different memory. And there is most obviously a significant difference in our initial Crystal DiskMark test. If you would like to follow along with our other former test results, last years Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB Gen 4 SSD Review can be found here, but we will give you a heads up. That report was done with our AMD Test Bench whereas today’s is being done with our newer Intel Z590 Test Bench. Results will differ significantly with different systems, unlike the above which were both on the AMD Bench.
The Rocket 4 Plus SSD we are testing today came with a rather stunning PS5 cover and it’s rather unfortunate we don’t have a PS5 as we can’t install this any other way. It won’t install into a typical test bench in any way shape or form. I can say this about testing the new Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus however; it is alot cooler even without a heatsink and we know this as that is how this was tested.
No heatsink with ambient temps in the high 30’s and that could not have been done prior. Yes we hit high 60s in some of the tests but that’s a far cry from the 80°C temps we were used top back then.
The ‘updated’ Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is a PCIe 4.0 x4 (four lane) M.2 SSD that uses the latest NVMe 1.4 protocol. Our sample today came with the PS5 heatsink and available capacities are 500GB. 1,2 and 4TB…our sample being 4TB.
It is a 2280 (80mm) size and contains the Phison PS5018-E18 8-channel Gen4 NVMe controller, along with 8-pieces of Micron 3D TLC 176-Layer B47R Fortis NAND flash memory, four on each side of the SSD. There is also a single package NANYA DDR4 DRAM memory on each side as well. As one can see, removing the sticker leaves an unforgettable reminder that you just voided any warranty you might one day need.
Listed specs show the 4TB version at 7000MB/s read and 6600MB/s write which is well above the required speed of 5500MB/s that PS5 needs from its installed SSD. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus comes with a 5-year limited warranty and pricing at Amazon with the PS5 heatsink can be seen at $99.99 (500GB), $179.99 (1TB), $329.99 (2TB) and $769.99 for the 4TB version we are testing today.