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Review Sabrent Rocket Thunderbolt 3 NVME SSD vs. Samsung X5


hey everybody you flan syphon and we’ve got another nvm a Thunderbolt 3 solid-state drive to take a look at this one from saber n’ now a few weeks ago we looked at one from Samsung their x5 and they are similar in that they both have an nvme drive inside of them but they do function a little bit differently insofar as performance is concerned now of course you do need your Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer for this to work and it does work on both the Mac and Windows now I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that this Drive came in free of charge through the Amazon vine program the other drive here from Samsung came in through the vine program back in October as well all the opinions are about – here are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this drive can do so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this cost about $200 for a 256 gigabyte version and 249 for a 512 GIGN and initially I thought this was going to be a good deal for a Thunderbolt Drive versus the Samsung because the 512 gig Samsung we looked at back in October was $400 now this costs the same as the 512 gig say burnt drive so bear that in mind as we go through some of the performance testing here it’s no longer the price leader just given that the fancier Samsung here now costs about the same at least it does on Amazon at the time I’m recording

this video the casing here is nice it’s all aluminum versus magnesium on the Samsung it does have this rubber bumper around it that’s got some venting to let it breathe a bit there’s no fan on this but they do have kind of a little heatsink built into the case you can take the rubber thing off and that’s my preferred way to use it I kind of like the just the bare metal here it’s a pretty solid feeling and I’d rather try to prevent having things that allow heat to stay close to the device it does get a little hot with the rubber thing on it it will get warm either way but I think it’ll work better without it so you can take it off and just stretch it out to pop the connector out of it and you’re good to go with it now we did take this apart on the extra Channel it’s very easy to get into they have 45 screws you need to get in with and then you can easily swap out the nvme inside there’s just an m2 slot essentially that you can pop in any other nvme drive if you want so that’s something to think about for upgradability down the road it does make it kind of an expensive Thunderbolt 3 enclosure and I hope they actually make a version that is driveless to allow you to put your own drive in just because they make a USBC version it would be nice to get a little bit more performance available if you’d rather choose what drive goes inside and that might give them some advantage in the marketplace here unlike the Samsung the cable is essentially soldered into the motherboard of this thing so when we took it apart we noticed that the cable was soldered on to this little connector that went inside another connector to get everything working on the Samsung you just have a standard Thunderbolt connector to pop it in and out so that’s the one thing I didn’t like about it is that this cable is kind of in the

way when you’re traveling with it you can’t just unplug it and put the cable away and that was something that I did not like about it so other than that it’s a pretty basic simple case here what I want to do now is I get this thing connected up to my Mac and we’ll run some tests on it and we’ll also look and see how it performed on my Windows machine and will come up with some recommendations all right so we’ve got it hooked up to my Mac and we are running a speed test on it right now one thing to note though is that this light here is always on irrespective of what the drive is doing so it’s not an indicator light so much as it is a power light now looking at it’s black magic disk speed test performance here you can see that we’re getting almost a gigabyte per second on write speeds and we’re reading at about 2.2 gigabytes per second so this will certainly do better perhaps then some of those USB CM VM enclosures we looked at a little while back but it is not as fast as the Samsung the Samsung can actually write as fast as the reads are here so you’ll definitely get a better sustained read and write performance on the Samsung certainly more so on the writes but overall for a portable solid-state drive this will do a lot better than many of the USB sea-based solid-state drives we have looked at here on the channel especially when it comes sustained reading and writing and that’s going to be important for doing backups and copying large video files over and everything else now one thing this drive has done better versus the Samsung is maintaining its read and write performance over time what we noticed with the Samsung Drive is that when it got too hot it would slow down so you would often get performance about what we’re now getting out of the say brron when the Samsung drive started throttling itself and

typically that would begin appearing about five minutes or so into this test as the drive got hotter and I would imagine the writes tend to drive a lot of that heat so although the sabre here is not as fast writing there are times if you’re doing a long sustained write that they may actually end up being the same due to how the samsung throttled itself but this is not the only test to run on a drive we also ran the crystal disk mark test on Windows to get a picture of how well it does with random reads and writes and other kinds of activities that might result in different performance numbers so let’s take a look at that so here are the crystal disk mark results the say burned drive is on the right the Samsung on the left you can see of course the Samsung has better read and write sequential performance that’s the first score but as we work our way down to some of these random read and write tests you can see that the Samsung does a lot better with random writing to the drive significantly so and it’s also much faster on random reads to accept that last result there so generally I think the Samsung is going to provide much better overall performance even with some of that throttling that might be going on especially if you’re looking to use this as a boot drive on the Mac for example or you’re doing operations that really require more random reads and writes versus just straight-up video capturing or encoding so it

really matters on what you’re going to do now whenever I look at one of these solid-state drives I like to run with this test project in Final Cut Pro this is a multicam 4k edit and it’s able to play two 4k streams here without any problems and generally this is something that gives us a good idea as to how the drive might work with a real-world kind of project I think I might actually start adding a third feed into the mix here to push this a little further there was a time when external drives couldn’t do this at all but as you can see here this one seems to be performing just fine as we would expect it to so that is the saber and Thunderbolt 3 nvme drive not a bad performing drive but the Samsung here does perform better and now pretty much cost the same which I think changes the metric on this a little bit I would actually like to see them release this as an enclosure only which I think would be very attractive because again you could choose what goes inside of it and that might be a better option than having it come with included storage so if one of those comes out we’ll try to grab one in the weeks to come here but until next time this is lines Ivan thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lawn tv supporters including gold-level supporters Chris alligretto the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht in Cali an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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