SSDs with the most capacity are coming to the consumer market, and it is no surprise that Sabrent is the driving force behind one of them – the 16 TB model in a 2.5-inch form factor, with a SATA interface.
Basically this means that the focus is more on capacity than speed. I’m assuming it’s not possible (yet) to cram 16 TB of NAND flash memory to an M.2 drive with an NVMe interface (as shown above, as it doesn’t yet offer 2.5-inch models). However, compared to mechanical hard drives, SATA SSDs offer a perceptible and noticeable performance boost, from faster boot times to smoother Windows mobility. It really is a difference day and night going from hard drive to SSD, SATA or other.
Sabrent told our friends at Tack radar It is currently testing engineering samples for both enterprise and customer versions (read: home consumer) of the 16 TB drive, and expects end products to be ready for purchase in the very near future.
I expect performance to be roughly in line with most modern SATA SSDs. There’s also a good chance of building an SSD around the Phison’s E12S controller, which houses four Micron 96 Quad-Layer NAND Flash Memory (QLC) packages on either side of the PCB.
Phison piloted the console on a prototype 16TB SSD at CES, like Tom’s devices Wrote about it in January. At that time, it released sequential reads in the range of 550MB / s and sequential writings of around 530MB / s. As a reference point, Crucial’s 1 TB MX500 (as found on our Best SSD for Gaming And a great choice for a secondary SSD) to deliver 560MB / s and 510MB / s for sequential read and write performance, respectively.
This will end up being Sabrent’s last “first”, after he was First to release a 4 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD And the First to launch an 8TB M.2 SSD. And for a while earlier this year, she also bragged about having it The fastest M.2 SSD Around.
Along these lines, the 16 TB model would undoubtedly end up being the most expensive SSD for consumers. Prices have not been announced, but are expected to be around two thousand.