Californian integrator Sabrent has expanded its Rocket Q series with an 8 Tbyte SSD, the first M.2 of consumption that reaches that storage capacity.

One of the few features where hard drives outperform solid-state drives is storage capacity. The price of NAND flash memory has dropped in price in recent years, but not so much that the price per GB has been able to beat hard drives. The reduced size of new formats such as M.2 also plays a role, and chip density needs to be further improved to increase capacity.

Sabrent believes that the gap must be closed with an 8 Tbyte SSD. A huge capacity that surely most users who have so far been playing with various SSDs, SATA and PCIe, or combining them with the hard drives themselves, do not need to increase internal storage more economically, but it will be there for those who need it.

The Sabrent ROCKET Q uses an M.2 2280 format, connects to a PCIe 3.0 x4 port, and is NVMe 1.3 compliant. Uses quad layer memories 3D QLC NAND from the firm Micron and a Phison E12S controller.

It supports SMART and TRIM commands and features an advanced wear leveling and block management system, plus power management support for APST / ASPM / L1.2. Like the rest of the series, Sabrent offers a copy of Acronis True Image software to facilitate cloning.

Its performance characteristics have not been provided, but taking into account that of the version with 4 TB of the same series previously marketed, data transfer of 3,400 / 3,000 Mbytes per second in sequential read / write modes. Close to what the PCIe 3.0 interface allows.

We do not know price. The 4TB version is priced at $ 750, making it the first consumer 8Tbyte M.2 SSD ever. will far exceed the $ 1,000 barrier. Away from what a user can pay, but a sample of what is to come. In the future SSDs will offer the capacities of hard drives or higher. Another thing will be the price.

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