SABRENT M.2 NVMe SSD 8TB Gen 4, Internal Solid State 7100MB/s Read, PCIe 4.0 M2 Hard Drive for Gamers, Compatible with PlayStation 5, PS5 Console, PCs, NUC Laptops and Desktops (SB-RKT4P-8TB)
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The way they want to sell them at a higher per TB cost than low TB drives runs against consumer's understanding of the world. Anyways...having only one capacity option is what stops it from being a tempting buy. Half of the market isn't even focused on having 4TB nvme...even Samsung hasn't bothered with it.
While PCIe 5.0 SSDs have arrived on the scene, they're not great for everyone for a few reasons: they're expensive, they're very hot, and all that extra performance doesn't mean much for most users today. PCIe 4.0 SSDs will remain the go-to for the average user for the time being, and one of the best you can get (perhaps even the best) is Corsair's MP600 Pro NH, a superfast drive that comes in a wide variety of capacities and costs very little. If you're leaning towards a budget build, you might want to consider buying Solidigm's P41 Plus or even Samsung 970 EVO Plus. Both drives have similar performance and will do very well thanks to their still good random performance, but the P41 Plus is much more efficient and will be much more suitable for laptops. Samsung's 990 Pro is the company's latest high-end NVMe SSD, replacing the older 980 Pro. With sequential reads up to 7,450MB/s and writes up to 6,900MB/s, it's the second fastest PCIe 4.0 SSD in this entire collection, and although it's more expensive than the MP600 Pro NH, it does have some upsides.The biggest weakness of the P41 Plus is the performance. In my review, it only got up to 4,000MB/s in reads and 3,300MB/s in writes, just under the official rating of 4,125MB/s in reads and 3,325MB/s in writes. Great pricing helps make up for this, but so does Solidigm's custom Synergy software and drivers. Virtually every other company actually just uses Microsoft's default SSD drivers, but Solidigm's custom drivers boost performance by a decent amount, despite it being super low-end. Additionally, its 400TBW endurance isn't bad either. Anyways...having only one capacity option is what stops it from being a tempting buy. Half of the market isn't even focused on having 4TB name...even Samsung hasn't bothered with it.
Sabrent will also give you a copy of Acronis True Image to help transfer your current installation across. The drive also comes with a custom heatsink so that it can perform well (though given that most motherboards these days come with a heatsink, that's probably not necessary), and there's also a separate thinner heatsink for those who want to install it inside a PS5. Oh I'm sorry my bad on that part. Still the general consumer hasn't even adapted to the 4tb NVMe capacity yet so having 8tb at this point seems pointless and expensive... Considering that M.2 SSDs are often stowed away, lying either under components or on the other side of the board, you don't necessarily need to care about how they look. Nevertheless, RGB can be put on basically anything, and naturally, there are RGB SSDs you can buy, even in the M.2 form factor. There aren't a ton of them out there, but thankfully Patriot's Viper VPR400 comes with RGB and doesn't make any critical compromises that would normally plague such a niche product.Yes the need for higher than 2TB SSDs in the consumer space is rather limited given how easy it is to offload games and such to hard drives, as well as using 2-2TB NVMe drives in spanning RAID, but still by 2022 you would think 4TB and higher NVMe SSDs would be far more affordable than they are. The Phison E18 SSD controller has proven to be quite the contender even when burdened by 64 dies. This one seems to have been manufactured during the 28th week of 2021. It’s likely the firmware has been optimized for this NAND as well as for managing that many dies. Because PCIe 5.0 SSDs are so fast, they also need to be more durable if they're going to last as long as PCIe 4.0 SSDs, and to this end the T700 gets 600TBW worth of endurance per terabyte. That's pretty much the standard for PCIe 5.0, though it is much less than the FireCuda 540's 1000TBW per terabyte, and though the T700 thankfully has a five-year-long warranty.