Sabrent’s Rocket 2230 Wants To Make Your Notebook Faster Than Your Desktop

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How does one go about making a miniature drive faster than the previous generation’s full-sized parts? How about just chopping down a current drive to tiny spec by eliminating half the NAND and all of the DRAM Cache…at least when compared to its recently-reviewed Rocket 4 Plus 2TB? To be far more fair, here’s how the Rocket 2230’s base specs compare to recently-reviewed 1TB drives of the 80mm variety.

 Sabrent Rocket 2230Adata Legend 960 1TBPatriot Viper VPR400 1TBMSI Spatium M470 1TB
Form FactorM.2 2230M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280
CapacityUp To 1TB1.0TB1.0TB1.0TB
FlashMicron 176L TLC (B47R)Micron 176L TLC (B47R)Micron 176L TLC (B47R)BiCS4 96L TLC
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x4 (NVMe 1.4)PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVMe 1.4)PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVMe 1.4)PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVMe 1.3)
ControllerPhison PS5021-E21TSilicon Motion SM2264FInnoGrit IG5220Phison PS5016-E16
CacheNone (HMB)2x 4Gb DDR4-2400None (HMB)DRAM
EnduranceUp to 600TBW780 TBW800 TBW1,600 TBW
Max ReadUp To 5000MB/sUp to 7400 MB/sUp to 4600 MB/sUp to 5000 MB/s
Max WriteUp to 4300 MB/sUp to 6000 MB/sUp to 4400 MB/sUp to 4400 MB/s
4k Rand RdUp to 450k IOPSUp to 730k IOPSUp to 600k IOPSUp to 600k IOPS
4k RandWtUp to 920k IOPSUp to 610k IOPSUp to 500k IOPSUp to 600k IOPS

Suddenly the max-capacity 1TB version looks far more interesting, even if its lack of cache puts it in the Spatium M470’s wheelhouse regarding capability. We are, after all, comparing the Rocket 2230 to drives that have over twice as much component space. A few more numbers will show us how various capacities of the Rocket 2230 compare to each other:

Yes, the 512GB version appears to have the fastest sequential read and random 4k write performance. Regardless, Sabrent threw in a few benchmark results comparing its 1TB model to the SteamDeck’s Kingston OM3PDP3512B-A01 as proof of concept:

Sabrent is of course quite pleased to point out all the ways in which a Rocket 2230 upgrade could benefit the most demanding SteamDeck users, having both better performance and a higher available capacity, but do PC users care? We can think of a few other places where the Rocket 2230’s compact size is a requirement, and one of those is my Ultrabook. Thank you very much Sabrent!

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