Although the storage needs of users have changed in recent times and now having an SSD is almost mandatory on any PC, the Sabrent RocketQ is obviously not a device aimed at user consumption, but is designed (for its capacity, performance and price) for data centers and business activities. However, it is still a new record for both capacity and speed in an SSD, and as you will generally know this is the preamble to what will later hit the consumer market.
Sabrent RocketQ Battleship, the fastest and largest SSD in the world
To create this device, Sabrent has used a PCIe 4.0 expansion card that is capable of accommodating a total of 8 SSD units in M.2 2280 format. Specifically, it uses 8 x 8TB RocketQ NVMe SSDs inside, and pairs with the Highpoint SSD4540 RAID controller PCI-Express 4.0 x16 that takes advantage of the maximum bandwidth of this interface.
For now, the manufacturer has listed it but has not indicated a price or its full technical specifications. Now, if we take into account that each of the 8 TB M.2 SSDs that this unit houses inside already has a price of 1,299 dollars, we are talking about that only the storage would have a price of 10,392 dollars, at what which must be added the RAID controller, the heatsink and others. Therefore, it is quite likely that this Sabrent RocketQ Battleship SSD has a market price of around $ 10,000, although potentially it will be something more and it would be more logical that it would be around $ 12,000.
By the way, this device requires a 6-pin PCIe connector as additional power to function, and it also incorporates an aluminum heatsink with two active cooling fans to keep it at a good temperature. On the PCB you can see two 4-pin fan connectors, so it seems that these fans are PWM and also each one works independently.
It will be difficult for us to see this device for sale in a store that is not a supplier directly, since as we said its price makes it not available to the ordinary user, but rather for companies and data centers. However, as we said at the beginning, we are currently facing a prototype that has not gone on sale, so it is something that we cannot assure yet.
In any case, the important (and impressive) data here is that we are facing the highest capacity SSD on the market to date, and also the fastest SSD because for now no SSD (not even when it comes to an expansion card RAID with several SSDs inside) had reached the 28,000 MB / s that this unit offers.