Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2242 SSD Review

Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2242 SSD



The Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2242 SSD delivers all the advantages of flash disk technology with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and it is fully compliant with the standard Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), commonly known as M.2.

Based on Toshiba’s BiCS4 TLC NAND Flash memory, its speed performance can reach up to 2500MB/s read and 2100MB/s Write. DRAM-less Low Power SSDs use much less power than traditional hard drives, making them the best-embedded solution for new systems.

This is a 2242-sized M.2 module which brings on a few limitations – mainly the physical size. It’s kind of a given, but it is also the reason that the drive is a DRAM-less version. There simply isn’t space for extra memory modules when there also has to be so much capacity. And yes, you can get a lot of capacity in this tiny drive. With up to 2TB capacity in a size of just 22 by 42mm, it’s impressive. Besides this 2TB version which I’m testing today, there’s also a 1TB and a 512GB version available.

Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2242 SSD Review

Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2242 SSD Review

There is one small thing to consider before you purchase this drive and that is whether your system supports a dual-sided drive. It features 4 NAND chips beside the controller which means that there are two chips on each side. Some tight notebooks only support single-sided modules.

The small size is what sets it apart and that’s both a bonus and a little drawback. The bonus is that it will fit in smaller systems such as SFF and very small notebooks as long as they support double-sided modules.

The 2242 size makes it about half the size of a traditional 2280 module, but it still packs 2TB of capacity. That’s impressive. The little drawback is that it doesn’t feature a DRAM buffer which makes it a little slower than the drives which have such a buffer. But still, even without that, it delivers great performance. Especially when you consider that it isn’t much bigger than an SD card.

Overall, If you need a lot of capacity in a very small system which doesn’t support 2280 modules, then the Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2242 SSD is a definite yes. Being able to pack 2TB of capacity into such tight spaces is an amazing feature which can make a huge difference.

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