The PCIe Gen4 SSD Era is in full swing courtesy of AMD's juggernaut X570 and TRX40 platforms along with the one and only Gen4 SSD currently available; Phison's E16 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD. The popularity of Zen II technology is astounding, to say the least, and following right along, we have seen Phison's popularity skyrocket.
As it stands right now, almost every consumer-oriented storage reseller has a Phison E16 based SSD in their lineup. Some come with beefy heat sinks, some come with ultra-thin thermal labels, and some come with no thermal augmentation whatsoever. Whatever the flavor may be, SSD resellers are all in with the only Gen4 SSD game in town.
As we've demonstrated through our E16 reviews for months now, 3D XPoint excluded, there is nothing currently available that that can deliver a better user experience for your Gen4 enabled AMD platform. However, that premium user experience will cost you a bit more per gigabyte than the typical run of the mill Gen3 SSD. We believe the extra cash is money well spent, and that brings us to the product we have on the bench today.
Sabrent's Rocket NVMe 4.0 SSD is currently the lowest priced Phison E16-based SSD on the market. Because of this, we've received tons of review requests wanting to know if Sabrent's Gen 4 SSD performs as well as others. Let's find out, shall we?
On our test bench today, we have for you a Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1TB M.2 SSD. Sabrent's Gen4 offering is available at three capacity points, 500GB, 1000GB, and 2000GB. Sabrent offers a free copy of Acronis True Image available for download when you register your purchase with them. This is a nice value add and kind of unexpected for the price. Registration also activates a 5-year warranty period.
Let's take a closer look:
The model we have is fitted with a thin all copper thermal label. Sabrent also offers models that come with a beefy heat sink if you prefer. The heat sink will cost you about $10 extra. The drive is well packaged in a unique way that we've not seen before. Ours came in a copper-colored aluminum case that resembles a 2.5" SSD enclosure. Inside, the drive itself is well protected by a dense foam carrier. Also included is an installation guide.