We could go on about how awesome this drive is—and there’s no doubt that a PCIe 4.0 drive can offer some serious performance with sequential read speed claims at 5,000MB/s, well above the 3,500 MB/s of top performing PCIe 3.0 drives—but you probably already know all that. What you might not realize is that this version of the Sabrent Rocket doesn’t include a heatsink. That may be cause for concern as nearly all PCIe 4.0 gear currently needs some serious help with cooling. Nearly every other PCIe 4.0 SSD includes a massive heatsink, including other versions of this one, as you can see below.
Just look at that monster! Clearly, heat is a concern, and that is just one of a few caveats you can read about in our PCIe 4.0 explainer. Obviously we’re not saying you shouldn’t buy this SSD at this insanely low price, but you should keep an eye on how hot the component gets with your motherboard’s standard NVMe heatsink. Otherwise just sit back and enjoy the speeds!
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