The title of this review is terrible. We are reviewing the Sabrent Rocket Pro 4TB SSD. This SSD is a USB 3.2 Gen2 external SSD and we can use either Type-A or Type-C with the drive depending on the system we are attaching it to.
Sabrent Rocket Pro 4TB USB 3.2 Gen2 External SSD
The unit itself is very small measuring only 4.13″ x 1.77″ x 0.55″ or 105mm x 45mm x 14mm. It is a fairly plain gray since it is made out of an aluminum chassis. We get a Sabrent logo as well as a rocket logo with Sabrent stripes.
The chassis itself feels extremely sturdy. It may take some scuffs, but it would be fairly difficult to damage the drive inside when it is thrown in a bag or dropped while walking. When you see the drive, you may think this is a metal painted plastic drive. You may know the specs and think it is some thin aluminum case like an aluminum can. It is not. I stood on this unit and it did not even leave a mark. The unit is very heavy duty. We would have liked if Sabrent figured out how to get this a formal environmental rating.
There is a single interesting side. Here we have the USB Type-C port that provides data and power to the drive.
In that Type-C connector goes a cable. We are going to assume most of our readers know what a USB Type-C cable is.
Sabrent provides two cables. There is a Type-C to Type-C and a Type-A to Type C cable so you can use the drive with any host. As we saw with STH’s USB 3.1 Gen1 to 5GbE Network Adapter Guide some vendors do not adopt this flexible model and provide only Type-A or Type-C. In either case, it is nice to have both cables even if you will only use one for the drive.
There is a small detail here. The Type-A to Type-C cable has Sabrent branding while the Type-C to Type-C does not. The latter is also a shorter cable. Aesthetically, it is nice that both are gray to match the drive.
Next, we are going to take a look at performance.
Overall performance is about what we would expect from a USB 3.2 Gen2 external SSD that is centered around a M.2 drive. A few days ago we reviewed an Icy Dock EZConvert MB705M2P-B enclosure using a 1TB Sabrent Rocket Q M.2 SSD in the USB 3.2 Gen2 adapter. There we saw that while the drive was capable of more, USB is the limiting factor. Here, we are seeing the same thing. Starting with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, we get results that we would expect:
A quick note here is that other than the higher-end 4K footage and at higher framerates, this drive is keeping up. Here is the obligatory ATTO benchmark result:
Here is a CrystalDiskMark run:
Here is Anvil. As we saw in the Icy Dock + Sabrent solution, we tend to get lower sequential performance here than with other tools.
Here is a AS SSD result:
The AS SSD 4K-64T numbers were consistently off as we see here. Still, this is very good performance for a USB 3.2 Gen2 SSD.
Current street pricing is around $699. There are two ways to look at this. First, compared to the $280 2TB model, it is twice the capacity for more than twice the price. A second way to look at it is that the drive is unique. If you need 4TB of capacity or more than 2TB, then there are not many options out there, especially in such a compact chassis. It seems like one is paying a premium for the higher capacity here, which makes sense.
Sometimes though, you just need the capacity. We want to emphasize again the chassis on this system. The aluminum casing feels very substantial and is certainly not a thin metal sheet like one may expect to replace plastic we see on many external SSDs. If you need to invest in a drive with this level of size and speed, then at least you do not have to worry about a drive this expensive failing due to the outer case cracking easily. Small, fast, and solidly built seems to be the design goal here.