If you, too, are looking to take advantage of the recent price drops for the mid-to-high-end PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD models, now that the transition to PCIe 4.0 lanes is taking place, then few are the options that really do provide the best value for their price. For gamers, light photo or video editing, and general browsing or productivity applications, these SSDs are ideal; as they offer high performance at a reasonable price.
Two such models are the Sabrent Rocket, and Samsung’s own 970 EVO Plus. Given that the 970 EVO Plus has seen a 34% price decrease, when compared to its initial MSRP, makes now a great time to invest in this SSD for your next build – or even as an upgrade to an existing setup. But how does the 970 EVO Plus perform in comparison to the Sabrent Rocket? Does it justify its price, or does Sabrent offer more value at a lower cost? To answer these questions, we will compare both options, in terms of manufacturer specifications and real-world benchmarks, and reach a verdict on which SSD we recommend as the best option for your next storage purchase.
|Model||Sabrent Rocket||Samsung 970 EVO Plus|
|Storage Sizes||256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB||250 GB, 500 GB, 1TB, 2 TB|
|Sequential Read||3,100 MB/s, 3,400 MB/s, 3,400 MB/s, 3,400 MB/s, 3,450 MB/s||3,500 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||1,050 MB/s, 2,000 MB/s, 3,000 MB/s, 2,700 MB/s, 3,000 MB/s||2,300 MB/s, 3,200 MB/s, 3,300 MB/s, 3,300 MB/s|
|4KB Random Read||167,000 IOPS, 357,000 IOPS, 650,000 IOPS, 490,000 IOPS, 580,000 IOPS||250,000 IOPS, 480,000 IOPS, 600,000 IOPS, 620,000 IOPS|
|4KB Random Write||256,000 IOPS, 456,000 IOPS, 640,000 IOPS, 510,000 IOPS, 650,000 IOPS||550,000 IOPS, 550,000 IOPS, 550,000 IOPS, 560,000 IOPS|
|Bus Type||PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3||PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3|
|Controller||Phison E12S||Samsung Phoenix|
|NAND Type||BiCS 96L TLC||Samsung 92L 3D TLC|
|Endurance||380 TBW, 800 TBW, 1,665 TBW, 3,115 TBW, 6,000 TBW||150 TBW, 300 TBW, 600 TBW, 1,200 TBW|
|Warranty||5 years||5 years|
|Price (As of Writing)||$45, $70, $130, $250, $700||$60, $80, $165, $320|
Comparing the advertised specifications, there are little significant differences between the two models, at least when it comes to the one terabyte versions. The Sabrent Rocket does have a 4 TB storage unit, which the Samsung 970 EVO Plus lacks, and the Rocket’s two smaller options (256 GB and 512 GB) trail the 970 EVO Plus in sequential write speeds by a sizeable margin. To be more specific, the 256 GB version has a 119% slower sequential write speed, a 49% slower 4K random read speed, and a 115% slower 4K random write speed. The 512 GB version also falls behind with a 60% slower sequential write speed and a 34% slower 4K random read speed. Other than that, the differences between the two SSD models are minimal; though we do also see a dip in performance for the 2 TB version of the Sabrent Rocket compared to its own 1 TB and 4 TB variants.
In terms of endurance, the Sabrent Rocket is far superior to the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, as it boasts Terabyte Written (TBW) durability that is 153%, 160%, 178%, and 160% higher for each storage size version respectively, from smaller to larger. That being said, even 150 TBW or 300 TBW values are high enough so that the vast majority of users would need more than a decade to even come close to reaching. Of course, having such high endurance metrics as the Sabrent Rocket is great for professionals that transfer large files on a regular basis.
Price-wise, the Sabrent Rocket is also significantly cheaper than the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, with a price difference ranging between 33% for the 250 GB version, to 22% for the 2 TB version. It would be a tall order for the 970 EVO Plus to outperform the Sabrent Rocket by such an equivalent margin, but it is plausible. So, let’s check the actual real-world benchmarks of these two SSDs and see whether or not Samsung’s storage drive can do the deed.
|2TB Model||Sabrent Rocket||Samsung 970 EVO Plus|
|Peak Sequential Read1||3,457 MB/s||3,575 MB/s|
|Peak Sequential Write1||3,006 MB/s||3,234 MB/s|
|Average Sequential Read2||2,330 MB/s||2,346 MB/s|
|Average Sequential Write3||613 MB/s||869 MB/s|
|Peak 4K Random Read4||63 MB/s||54 MB/s|
|Peak 4K Random Write4||285 MB/s||258 MB/s|
|Game Scene Loading5||11.39 Seconds||10.45 Seconds|
|PC Mark 10 Full System Score||2,089 Points||1,710 Points|
|PC Mark 10 Quick System Score||3,052 Points||1,475 Points|
|Anvil’s Storage Utilities 1.1.0 Score||18,688 Points||18,258 Points|
|AS SSD 1.8.5611.39791 Total Score||6,579 Points||5,643 Points|
1 CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0 x64 SEQ1M Q8T1
2 NodeSoft DiskBench V2.7.01 13 GB read transfer rate.
3 NodeSoft DiskBench V2.7.01 100 GB write transfer rate
4 CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0 x64 4KiB Q1T1
5 Final Fantasy XIV: StormBlood.
For the 2 TB version of the Sabrent Rocket, which is advertised as being the weakest of the high storage variants of this SSD model, we see only minor differences in the sequential read and write speeds when compared to the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. Namely, the latter has a 3% faster peak sequential read, and an 8% faster sequential write speed. In terms of 4K random read and write speeds – despite having lower advertised metrics – the Sabrent Rocket was found to be faster by 17% and 10%.
When it comes to benchmark applications, like PC Mark 10 (Full System and Quick System), Anvil, or even AS SSD, the Sabrent Rocket outperforms its Samsung counterpart by a significant margin – the largest of which being the PC Mark 10 Quick System score. In this test, it outperforms the 970 EVO Plus by a massive 107%. These testing programs are meant to apply stress to the storage units, simulating widely used functions and applications – and the PC Mark 10 Quick System benchmark would be most in tune with the demographic that both these SSDs are aimed for. That being, non-professional users and gamers. The fact, however, that the Sabrent Rocket scores higher even when stress tested for professional application standards simply adds more to its inherent value.
Going back to the initial question of whether or not the ∫ is worth its price, when compared to the Sabrent Rocket, the answer is a definite “no” –at least at 1 TB and above.
The 970 EVO Plus outperforms the Rocket only slightly in sequential read and write speeds, yet falls behind severely when it comes to running real-world applications. Especially for home users, the Sabrent Rocket is one of the best performing PCIe 3.0 NVME SSDs in the market.