Sabrent Thunderbolt 3 Dual NVMe 8TB SSD Docking Station Review

On the back, we have two 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 ports above a second set of USB 3,2 Gen 2 10Gbps and Gen 1 5Gbps ports.  The Tblt 3 port intended to go to the computer is PD 3.0 and can power any system up to 96w max. To the right of that is a DisplayPort 1.4 that accommodates 8K video up to 30Hz, 5K@60Hz, 4K@120Hz, along with HDR and HDCP 2.2.  To the right is a 20V DC power port and a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector below that.

Getting inside the Sabrent DS-SKRT-D8TB was quite easy through removal of the four Phillips screws and two silver torx on the back which enabled the cover to slide right off.  This is very handy for any future SSD upgrades.  Not visible in this photo is the Intel JHL7440 Thunderbolt Controller which provides the overall featureset, however, we can easily identify the two Sabrent 4TB Rocket Q NVMe SSDs, as we had previously tested here.  With this setup, the maximum speed of each SSD is only 1500MB/s which we validated through our testing here:

If one chooses to combine the two for a software RAID 0 volume, speeds double and our validation of this actually provided the highest performance we had seen yet through a single Thunderbolt 40Gbps Type-C cable:

While putting the unit back together, we thought this internal addition of a ribbed heatsink that has direct contact with the exterior aluminum shell was rather clever.  Both SSDs have thermal tape which moves the heat to this heatsink where the ribs provided limited cooling and are in contact with the bottom of the unit which warms when in use. In addition to this, that grey pad is a somewhat permanently affixed thick and hard rubber type pad for additional internal heat dissipation.

Checking Amazon, we can see pricing set at $499.99 (2TB), $649.99 (4TB), $1299.99 (8TB) and $2899.99 for the 16TB capacity.  There is a three year warranty and this Sabrent Docking Station has many top-tier features when you look at things such as DisplayPort 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, up to 16TB capacity, speeds up to 3GB/s.

This is as  perfect as I have seen for the media professional…or enthusiast as I.  I have to though…  My thoughts on future inclusions…  Consider USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 rather than Thunderbolt 3, if not both although I don’t think that is feasible.  CF Express Type B is the new standard so it would be great to see that incorporated along with the UHS-II SD card slot. I personally believe that a CFExpress Type B slot incorporated would have made this a no brainer to every camera buff out there today.  I also believe there is no need for any Type-A ports whatsoever but that’s just me; Type-C has become the new standard.  Another no brainer … Editor’s Choice as this will be put into use  immediately.

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Sabrent 8TB Docking Station Review

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The Sabrent Tblt3 Dual NVMe SSD Docking Station has been cleverly configured to include some of the most niche features available today, DisplayPort 1.4 and PD3 being a perfect example not to mention the ability to buy a 16TB storage medium that does more than just storage.

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