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Samsung 980 Pro SSD vs. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus: Which one to buy?

Samsung 980 Pro is one of the highest-rated and most widely-popular Gen 4 NVMe SSD out there. But, it has a lot of competitors as well. I have compared this SSD with various other Gen 4 SSDs in the market. And, today, we are going to compare it with Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is a pretty popular Gen 4 NVMe with a read/write speed of 7000/6850 MB/. However, the Samsung 980 Pro can reach up to 7000/5000 MB/s.

Both of them are DRAM SSDs. Both of them TLC NAND Flash and various other things are the same.

Sabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus lacks encryption which is the only drawback I see with this SSD. However, Samsung 980 Pro comes with the AES 256 Bit Encryption. So, if you are serious about the data security, you should choose 980 Pro right away.

However, in terms of endurance, the Rocket 4 Plus comes with massive TBW ratings and clearly beating 980 Pro in the domain. So, there are numerous things you will have to consider. Let me help you through all this below in this article.

Let’s compare the key specifications of both these SSDs first of all.

SpecificationSamsung 980 ProSabrent Rocket 4 Plus
Storage Variants250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Theoretical Read Speed (Max.)7,000 MB/s7,100 MB/s
Theoretical Write Speed (Max.)5,000 MB/s6,600 MB/s
Form Factor/InterfaceM.2 (2280)/PCIe® Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe™ 1.4M.2 (2280)/PCIe Gen 4.0 x 4, NVMe 1.3
MTBF (Reliability)1.50 Million Hours
Warranty5 Years5 Years
EncryptionAES 256-bit EncryptionNo AES 256-bit encryption
Heatsink OptionNot AvailableNot Available
AvailabilityCheck PriceCheck Price

Almost everything looks similar here. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is looking better in terms of maximum sequential read/write speed. However, it lacks 256-bit encryption which could be a great turning point in this comparison. We will come to that later in this article.

Let’s compare the synthetic benchmark scores which I have accumulated from UserBenchmark website.

ParameterSamsung 980 Pro (1TB)Sabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus (1TB)
Sequential Read Speed (Avg.)3,547 MB/s3,587 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed (Avg.)3,478 MB/s3,547 MB/s
Random 4K Read (Avg.)78.4 MB/s73.3 MB/s
Random 4K Write (Avg.)187 MB/s173.2 MB/s

Surprisingly, both the SSDs are having almost similar synthetic benchmark scores. Samsung 980 Pro is clearly a winner when it comes to the random read/write operations.

Passmark Score is calculated by taking all the possible SSD parameters in consideration. Higher number means a better performance.

SSDPassmark Score
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB41,659
Sabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus 1TB40,465

See the YouTube video below to compare the game and software loading time using both these SSDs. The tests are done using an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with 16GB DDR4 RAM.

ParameterSamsung 980 ProSabrent Rocket 4 Plus
TBW250GB: 150 TBW
500GB: 300 TBW
1TB: 600 TBW
2TB: 1,200 TBW
1TB: 700 TBW
2TB: 1,400 TBW
4TB: 3,000 TBW
8TB: 5,600 TBW
Warranty5-Years Limited Warranty5-Years Limited Warranty
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)1.50 Million Hours

I am really impressed with the high TBW (Total Terabytes Written) numbers of Sabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus. You can simply say that the Rocket 4 Plus is going to last longer as compared to 980 Pro.

Technical SpecificationSamsung 980 ProSabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus
NAND Flash TypeSamsung 3-bit MLC V-NANDMicron’s TLC 3D
NAND Flash Layers128/13696
ControllerSamsung Elpis ControllerPhison E18
Controller ConfigurationsNot SpecifiedTriple R5 + CoX, 8 Channels
Heatsink OptionAvailableAvailable
EncryptionAES 256-bit Encryption (Class 0)Not Available
WebsiteSamsung 980 ProWD Black SN850

The price of both these SSDs is almost similar. You can find some price difference depending on your location and the storage variant you are choosing.

I would suggest going to Samsung 980 Pro if the price of both is same in your region. This applies for those who wants to use the AES-256 Encryption on 980 Pro. Otherwise, Sabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus is equally fast and capable SSD.

So, if you are OK with the price of Samsung 980 Pro, you can go for it. However, there are no problems with the Sabrent Rocket 4.0 Plus except the encryption part.

Let me know what you think about this article in the comments!

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