Score! My favorite SSD for playing PC games just crashed in price

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB
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Both Xbox Series X and PS5 have offered some truly next-gen experiences thanks to the power of their lightning fast solid state drives. Compare the loading times of your average PS4 games (that were hindered by a slow HDD) to the seamless SSD start-ups seen in Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5, and it’s like upgrading from a horse-and-cart to a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport. 

And without wanting to sound like a boastful brat, my favorite gaming SSD is considerably faster than the stock NVMe drive that helps load some of the best PS5 games so speedily.

Right now, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 2TB is on sale for $129 on Amazon — a nice saving of $20 from its usual listing price. If you want your PC to load Windows 11 in a flash, I heartily recommend you look into picking up this super fast SSD if you’re in the market for an NVMe drive.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 2TB:was $149 now $129 @Amazon

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 2TB: was $149 now $129 @Amazon
This ultra-fast SSD can reach speeds of up to 7,100Mbps, which makes it a great match for the most demanding console and PC games. I currently use my Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus as the main storage drive on my PC, and it's proven to be both a super speedy and super reliable.

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus also outguns some of the best PS5 internal SSDs. If you want to install in it Sony’s console you’ll need a heatsink, and you can buy the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 2TB with M.2 heatsink for $169 on Amazon

In case you’re not up to speed on your SSD lingo, NVMe stands for (Non-Volatile Memory Express). These M.2 drives have been around since 2008, and the latest models are substantially faster than traditional SSDs. 

The standard M.2 NVMe that comes preinstalled with the PS5 can read uncompressed data up to 5,500Mbps. By comparison, Sabrent claims the Rocket 4 Plus (which is currently sitting in one of my gaming PC’s M.2 slots) can reach read speeds of up to 7,100Mbps. 

I’ve recently been using the Sabrent Rocket Control Panel to run speed tests on my NVMe, and generally I get results of 6,700Mbps, which is still comfortably quicker than PS5’s SSD.

There’s no question the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is a blazingly fast 4th-gen NVMe. Playing the excellent PC port of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart the other night, zipping between cross-dimensional portals felt every bit as instant as on the PS5 original. 

The Sabrent’s NVMe drive is one of the best components I’ve ever bought for my gaming PC. It loads my favorite games and apps almost instantaneously.

When I think back to the HDDs of old I used to struggle with, I realize just how far PC storage tech has come in a relatively short space of time.

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Dave Meikleham
UK Computing Editor

Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting edge laptops to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist for 15 years, with bylines across GamesRadar+, PC Gamer and TechRadar. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, buying new TVs at an embarrassing rate and obsessing over his beloved Arsenal.