PC accessory and component maker Sabrent has just unveiled the first M.2 SSD capable of holding up to 8TB of data.

The upcoming Sabrent Rocket Q 8TB drive is a PCIe NVMe SSD designed to fit inside of laptops and other devices with M.2 2280 slots.

There’s no word on the price or release date yet, but smart money is on “soon” and “a lot.”

For example, the company already offers a 4TB Sabrent Rocket Q. It sells for $760. I suspect the 8TB model will cost at least twice as much at launch.

While the most notable feature of the SSD is the ability to store a huge amount of data on a stick that measures about 4″ x 2.8″, here are some other key specs:

  • M.2 PCIe Gen3 x 4 interface
  • PCIe 3.1 compliant
  • NVMe 1.3 compliant
  • 3D QLC NAND flash memory
  • Phison E12S controller

The company hasn’t spelled out the top  speeds for the new 8TB drive yet, but the 4TB version ops out at 3.2 GB/s read and 2.9 GB/s write.

via TweakTown



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6 Comments

  1. Would you buy a Chinese SSD? I’m asking it strictly from a technological and practical standpoint, not a political economy standpoint.

    1. 90% of the electronics you buy today are built in China. Not much we can do at this point, but if we learn from the current situation, maybe we can learn for the future.

      1. If I’m not mistaken memory chips (both NAND and RAM) are one of the last bastions established manufacturers are wary the Chinese are going to copy, so they aren’t manufactured there. Maybe.

        But from a very practical standpoint, would you buy such a novelty hardware like this SSD from a newcomer to the SSD game or from an established player? Taking into account warranty, support, and everything.

        It would be interesting to know what NAND chips Sabrent use on this one, though and how they become the world’s first to make it to 8TB. From a random review from their 1TB SSD: https://www.legitreviews.com/sabrent-rocket-1tb-ssd-review-tlc-nand-flash_217101
        “Sabrent is using the Phison E12/E12S controller paired with Toshiba 3D TLC NAND Flash memory (BiCS3/BiSC4)”

    2. I would groan and sigh about putting something like $3600 (WAG) into a gum-stick wafer that could fail. But that’s always the case isn’t it?

      I would spend more time researching a companpy’s warranty history than their country of origin. And because my data is mostly personal documents (Photo projects, family video) then I know that the cost of replacing the data is far more than the device. Reliability would be a cost-of-lost-use proposition rather than a data recovery problem.

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