Sabrent has been producing high-capacity laptop SSDs for a while, however its newest enormously expands the doable use circumstances exterior of conventional PC builds. The brand new Rocket XTRM-Q is a 16 terabyte Thunderbolt and USB-C exterior SSD that guarantees single disk speeds of as much as 1,500 MB/s.
Whereas Sabrent has been producing exterior Thunderbolt drives for some time, it’s a model that’s extra well-known for producing high-quality inner PC elements. Which will change although, as it’s making fairly a press release with its newest exterior drive.
Introduced on Twitter, the Sabrent Rocket is just not truly a single 16 terabyte SSD however truly makes use of two 8 gigabyte M.2 NVe SSDs that may be configured into RAID 1 or RAID 0. So whereas it will probably rise up to 1,500 MB/s per disk, if velocity is a main concern, a software program RAID 0 configuration will present as much as 2,500 MB/s.
In a video highlighting the discharge, Sabrent reveals that in RAID 0, the Rocket hits 2,752.6 MB/s write speeds and a pair of,178.1 MB/s learn speeds. In Raid 1, that drops to 1,359.9 MB/s write speeds and a pair of,203.5 MB/s learn speeds. That dip in efficiency is likely to be price it, nonetheless, as RAID 0 has no safety in opposition to knowledge loss if one of many drives had been to fail. In JBOD configuration (only a bunch of disks), the Rocket logged 1,347.5 MB/s write speeds and 1,421.9 MB/s learn speeds.
The Rocket XTRM-Q works with each Home windows and Mac computer systems and ships with each a Thunderbolt cable and energy adapter. Physicaly, the Rocket is 4.5 x 2.56 x 0.68 inches (size by width by top), which is kind of small for a lot capability. The 2 NVMe SSDs require extra energy than Sabrent appeared to have the ability to ship with Thunderbolt, so it’ll require wall energy in an effort to function. The drive additionally must be toggled on and off from the outside energy button. So whereas the corporate says that it was designed with journey in thoughts, the necessity for the exterior energy adapter and cable might be a turn-off for photographers and filmmakers preferring to maintain a compact equipment.
Sabrent says that it will probably mechanically detect USB or Thunderbolt 3 connections, gives USB switch speeds of as much as 900 MB/s, and has built-in temperature and well being monitoring programs.
The drive itself is aluminum and ships with a rubberized detachable exterior. The outside materials was chosen due to its capacity to effeciently sink warmth. There are two small LEDs on the aspect of the case that present the standing of every SSD.
The comfort and performance that the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q gives don’t come low cost, nonetheless. The drive prices a whopping $2,900. That is likely to be greater than most are keen to spend on storage, however from a price perspective, it’s not unhealthy when in comparison with Sabrent’s 8 terabyte model which retails for $2,000 — twice the space for storing however not twice the associated fee is considerably refreshing.