Sabrent's new Rocket 2230 SSD: 5GB/sec for your Steam Deck, laptops, and more

Sabrent reveals its new Rocket 2230 SSD: in the M.2 2230 form factor, ready to rocket-speed your Valve Steam Deck, Microsoft Surface, ultrabook, and more.

Sabrent's new Rocket 2230 SSD: 5GB/sec for your Steam Deck, laptops, and more
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Sabrent has just launched its new Rocket 2230 SSD, which falls into the M.2 2230 form factor, a smaller SSD that will super-speed your system no matter how small it is.

The new Sabrent Rocket 2230 SSD and its M.2 2230 form factor will fit into devices like Valve's popular Steam Deck handheld console, a Microsoft Surface, an ultrabook, an Intel NUC system, a compact HTPC, and everything in between.

Sabrent's new Rocket 2230 SSD (source: Sabrent)

Sabrent's new Rocket 2230 SSD (source: Sabrent)

Sabrent's new Rocket 2230 SSD comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities with reads of up to 5000MB/sec (5GB/sec) on the 512GB variant. Sabrent is using the new PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD controller with 'exceptional' 3D TLC flash, with the company noting that users usually need to compromise with M.2 2230 SSDs, but with their new Gen4 controller, you'll be enjoying gaming desktop-class performance, mixed with the efficient flash for the best experience.

The team at Sabrent used the new Rocket 2230 SSD in their labs with Valve's portable Steam Deck and its stock SSDs to see what type of experience users would get. From their testing, the pre-installed SSD inside of the Steam Deck shows slow, sluggish SSDs can "lead to poor game performance," but that isn't the case when the new Sabrent Rocket 2230 SSD is installed.

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Sabrent tested multiple Steam Decks using different SSD capacities, with the team finding there was a broad mix of different branded SSDs that were pre-installed into the Steam Deck. Consumers don't actually don't know which SSD will be found inside of their Steam Deck, with some truly insane speed increases with the new Sabrent Rocket 2230 SSD used inside of the Steam Deck.

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The pre-installed 64GB SSD in the Valve Steam Deck pumps away at up to 281MB/sec reads and up to 193MB/sec writes... rather pathetic... but the larger 512GB SSD has up to 2427MB/sec (2.4GB/sec) reads and up to 1077MB/sec (1.07GB/sec) writes. But then the Sabrent Rocket 2230 SSD is installed and those speeds rocket up to 3530MB/sec (3.53GB/sec) reads and up to 2713MB/sec (2.71GB/sec) writes.

What a difference!

You're going to notice this within the Steam Deck experience across the board: from the user interface, watching videos, but especially gaming with super-fast game level load times, and more. Better yet, Sabrent works for you... and unlike OEM drives, Sabrent offers a free copy of Sabrent Acronis True Image so that you can clone your old SSD inside of your Steam Deck -- or any other SSD you're replacing -- so you don't lose your data, making the upgrade not only much faster, but super convenient.

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Sabrent's new Rocket 2230 SSDs will be arriving in their warehouses soon, so we shouldn't be too far away from being able to install these new bad boy SSDs inside of our systems, and especially Valve's Steam Deck handheld console.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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