SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Storage Benchmark
SPECworstation benchmark is an excellent benchmark to test systems using workstation type workloads. In this test, we only ran the Storage component, which is fifteen separate tests.
We sort this chart by the Product Development sub-score, where the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB takes a small win over our previous best scores. On some of the other sub-tests though, such as Energy and General Operations, the margin of victory is much larger. Overall, the drive is a great performer in SPECworkstation, taking the top score in many of the subtests.
We monitored the idle and maximum temperature during testing with HWMonitor to get some idea of the thermal performance and requirements of the drive. Please keep in mind that our test bench is an open frame chassis in a 22C room, but with no direct airflow. As a result, this is not representative of a cramped low airflow case and is instead intended to model temperatures of a drive ‘on its own’.
This drive runs hot. Sabrent also sent a heatsink, which this drive needs when pushed under intensive loads. In truth, the drive may get even hotter, but the drive hit 70+ relatively quickly and I was not yet done with my full suite of benchmarks, so I halted testing and applied the heatsink. With the heatsink and a small amount of airflow, temperatures peaked at a much more reasonable 55C, and all the benchmark results included in this review are from the drive in the heatsink. We should also mention that many motherboards have their own cooling solutions which we would recommend over running this drive with no cooler at all.
The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB is $400, which puts it at a small price premium compared to other 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs like the Seagate Firecuda 520, Corsair Force MP600, and the last-gen Rocket NVMe 4.0, all of which are between $370 and $380. Compared to 2TB PCIe 3.0 SSDs, many of which are available for closer to $230, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB is downright expensive.
With the cost in mind, though, you get what you pay for. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB is the fastest consumer drive we have ever tested. It is much faster than the first generation of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, and often times twice as fast as the best PCIe 3.0 SSDs, so perhaps it has earned its price tag.
If you want the best performance possible, and you are willing to pay for it, then the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB may be the drive for you. As long as you make sure the drive is adequately cooled under extended load, and do not need the extra endurance rating from the previous generation of Rocket NVMe 4.0 drives, then the Rocket 4 Plus is vying for the king of the SSD hill and is well worth your consideration.