Sabrent Launches 5 GB/s SSDs For The Steam Deck

Sabrent has revealed the company’s new Rocket 2230 SSD, which will fight for a spot on the list of best SSDs. The Sabrent Rocket 2230, like its name implies, conforms to the M.2 2230 form factor and caters to compact devices, such as the Steam Deck, Microsoft Surface, ultrabooks, and Intel NUCs.

Due to the Steam Deck’s design, the portable gaming console only accepts M.2 2230 SSDs, and there aren’t many options on the market. One particular Steam Deck owner discovered a mod to slip longer SSDs, like the M.2 2242 ones, into the device. However, Steam Deck’s designer warned against such hacks since they can provoke overheating issues on the Steam Deck and considerably shorten the consoler’s life span. Sabrent’s latest Rocket 2230 SSD makes upgrading the SSD inside your Steam Deck easier and safer.

The Rocket 2230 features a single-sided design to squeeze into the tightest places without hiccups. Sabrent’s recipe for the Rocket 2230 includes Phison’s spanking-new E21T SSD controller and Micron’s 176-layer TLC NAND. Combined with a PCIe 4.0 interface, the Rocket 2230 can hit impressive speeds of up to 5 GBps. However, the performance varies on the capacity. Speaking of capacity, Sabrent sells the Rocket 2230 in flavors of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB, so there’s abundant space to store your data or games in the case of the Steam Deck.

Sabrent Rocket 2230 Specifications

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Model # SB-2130-256 SB-2130-512 SB-2130-1TB
Capacity 256GB 512GB 1TB
NAND B47 B47 B47
Controller E21 E21 E21
Interface PCle Gen4 X 4 PCle Gen4 4 PCle Gen4 X 4
Max Sequential Read 4,650 (MB/s) 5,000 (MB/s) 4,750 (MB/s)
Max Sequential Write 1,900 (MB/s) 3,700 (MB/s) 4,300 (MB/s)
Random 4K QD32 (IOPS) Read 220K 440K 450K
Random 4K QD32 (IOPS) Write 470K 920K 545K
Power Consumption R/W R3550 / W2800 (mW) R4000 / W4000 (mW) R4150 / W4300 (mW)
Power Supply 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V
Form Factor M.2 2230 M.2 2230 M.2 2230
Height 2.15mm 2.15mm 2.15mm
Width 22mm 22mm 22mm
Length 30mm 30mm 30mm
Operating Temperature 0~70C 0~70C 0~70C
Storage Temperature -40~85C -40~85C -40~85C
MTBF 1,500,000 hours 1,500,000 hours 1,500,000 hours
Shock Resistant 1,500G 1,500G 1,500G
Data Correction LDPC LDPC LDPC
Warranty 5 years with registration 5 years with registration 5 years with registration
TBW 200 300 600

The 256GB model has sequential read and write speeds up to 4,650 MBps and 1,900 MBps, respectively. The 512GB model allows 5,000 MBps sequential reads and 3,700 MBps sequential writes. The 1TB version is the highest-performing variant with sequential read and write speeds that hit 4,750 MBps and 4,300 MBps, respectively.

Regarding random performance, the 256GB SSD comes with 220,000 IOPS reads and 470,000 IOPS writes, whereas the 512GB SSD flaunts 440,000 IOPS reads and 920,000 IOPS writes. As for the 1TB version, it delivers random read and write performance of up to 450,000 IOPS and 545,000 IOPS, respectively. 

Sabrent compared the brand’s Rocket 2230 1TB SSD to the Kingston OM3PDP3512B-A01, which came inside one of the Steam Deck, with KDiskMark, an alternative to CrystalDiskMark. The Kingston drive had sequential read and write speeds of 2,427.26 MBps and 1,077.39 MBps, respectively. On the other hand, the Sabrent SSD delivered 3,530.6 MBps sequential read and 2,713.23 MBps sequential write. Therefore, the Rocket 2230 offered 45% higher sequential reads and 152% higher sequential writes.

The Rocket 2230’s endurance isn’t spectacular, but it’s sufficient for daily usage. Sabrent rates the 256GB and 512GB models with an endurance of 200 TBW and 300 TBW, respectively. The 1TB unit carries a 600TBW rating.

Sabrent backs the Rocket 2230 with a limited five-year warranty but requires the consumer to register the drive. The company also includes a free copy of Acronis True Image software so users can clone their old drives to the new SSD.

Unfortunately, Sabrent didn’t reveal the pricing for the Rocket 2230. However, the brand stated that the SSDs would arrive at the company’s warehouse shortly, so it shouldn’t be long before we see the drives on Amazon.