Today we are taking a look at the Sabrent Rocket Q NVMe 2TB SSD. This is a value-oriented drive from Sabrent featuring PCIe 3.0 x4 connectivity, the Phison E12S controller, a DRAM cache, and QLC NAND. Previously we have looked at the Rocket Q 500GB as part of our series on SSDs at that capacity point, and this review will explore the different performance profiles of the larger drive compared to its smaller sibling.
Rocket Q 2TB Overview
Despite increasing to 2TB in size, the Rocket Q 2TB still comes in a single-sided M.2 2280 (80mm) form factor.
Hidden beneath the drive label is a thin copper heat spreader to keep the drive nice and cool.
The back has a label with additional product information, but nothing mounted on the PCB. As a consumer drive, there is no power loss protection (PLP.) You can read a bit more about why PLP is important in some server workloads in our piece What is the ZFS ZIL SLOG and what makes a good one. That looks at a specific case but has a few diagrams and an explanation around what goes on with these drives when they do and do not have PLP.
Sabrent Rocket Q Software Bundle
The Rocket Q 2TB includes three pieces of software available for download.
Sabrent Sector Size Converter
This utility does what its name implies and lets you convert the drive’s sector size between 512e and 4Kn.
While interesting, most users will never have a need for it.
Sabrent Control Panel
Another utility Sabrent has is its Control Panel.
This utility gives access to some very basic information from the SSD as well as provides a mechanism for firmware updates.
Acronis True Image
Drive cloning and backup software. For consumer installations, software like this can make migrating to a new SSD a much easier process.
Next, we will look at the drive specifications and get started with testing.
Sabrent Rocket Q Specs
The Rocket Q line of QLC based SSDs range from 500GB all the way up to 8TB.
With most M.2 format SSDs a 2TB unit would be near top of the line, but for the Rocket Q we are still looking at the middle of the pack. The larger 2TB drive has pushed the advertised specs up quite a bit compared to the smaller 500GB unit, so we can expect much better performance. In addition to having more controller channels populated, the psuedo-SLC cache area on this QLC SSD scales with capacity, giving the larger drives a significant boost to write performance.
CrystalDiskInfo can give us some basic information about the SSD, and confirms we are operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds using NVMe 1.3.
Test System Configuration
We are using the following configuration for this test:
- Motherboard: ASUS PRIME X570-P
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (6C/12T)
- RAM: 2x 16GB DDR4-3200 UDIMMs
Our testing uses the Rocket Q 2TB as the boot drive for the system, installed in the M.2_1 slot on the motherboard. The drive is filled to 85% capacity with data and then some is deleted, leaving around 60% used space on the volume.