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[Amazon Canada] Sabrent Rocket NVMe SSD 1TB $150.99 (went back to $170), 512GB $91.99, 256GB $54.99 NO TAX

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[Amazon Canada] Sabrent Rocket NVMe SSD 1TB $150.99 (went back to $170), 512GB $91.99, 256GB $54.99 NO TAX

Solid NVMe deal. 1GB version hits 3400/3000, it's more or less the same drive as the Silicon Power that went on sale last week, $2 more in Ontario but still a good price. You need to clip the coupon on the page so not sure how long that will last. Both the 1TB and 256GB seem to be all time lows according to CCC.

EDIT: 1TB coupon seems to be gone.
Last edited by Jep4444 on Sep 11th, 2019 6:41 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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The specs looks really good, the warranty is fine, seems a good product, very typically Phison E12 SSD.
Wondering which NAND chips do they use.
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that is a really damn good deal, the performance matches the adata... wonder if it comes with an optional heatsink to attach.
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Red flag deal users never failed to surprise me on the following :
Savvy consumer who really looked at chip level /specs
The responses /contribution from other users seems always know bit more

I recently low formatted a 32 g data traveller from Kingston with Phison chip ... honestly , the quality was 10/10
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I mean it looks good on paper...would you really use an off brand drive for your system's main SSD if you do work on it though??
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How many of us do work on it, though?
I am thinking of getting two off brand SSDs to run in raid for redundancy. Or maybe a pro-rated HDD as the raid with 2-3 times the storage for future expansion of more off brand SSDs.
I don't wanna loose my data and the older I get the less trusting I am of any storage media, but honestly, it's just some music form the 90s that would be mostly missed.
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This is third party seller. I am worry of third party seller in Amazon since I got fake SD card previous order.
Rule No.1 here: Buy first, Think afterwards.
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These hard drives have serious compatibility issues. I purchased it for my Dell Laptop. It will install Windows 8 fine but Windows 10 installation failed. There is no update on firmware either. Get a name brand if you care about compatibility.
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Luyuan20 wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 4:11 am
I mean it looks good on paper...would you really use an off brand drive for your system's main SSD if you do work on it though??
I wouldn't be too worried. The drive itself is a reference Phison E12 with Toshiba NAND. Sabrent just buys everything pre-assembled and slaps a sticker on it, no different than Silicon Power, Corsair or Patriot who all sell what is basically the exact same drive.
Marphyin wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 7:30 am
This is third party seller. I am worry of third party seller in Amazon since I got fake SD card previous order.
The seller only sells Sabrent branded products. I'm 99% sure they're just an importer of Sabrent items and with 170k reviews and a 99% rating on the US site, I think it should be fine.
mrmcbandi wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 7:40 am
These hard drives have serious compatibility issues. I purchased it for my Dell Laptop. It will install Windows 8 fine but Windows 10 installation failed. There is no update on firmware either. Get a name brand if you care about compatibility.
You assume it was the drive and not the Dell laptop that was having the issue. Given the generally positive reviews on these drives overall and the fact that it's basically a reference Phison E12 and Dell's track record of quality control, I'd be inclined to blame Dell. I installed Windows 10 just fine on both a Silicon Power and Patriot version of the same drive. Unless you're just shitting on all non-branded drives. That said, it may look like there is a lot of competition with SSDs but there really isn't, there are like 5 companies that actually design SSDs, two are Samsung and WD, most of the rest are just Phison and Silicon Motion designs (the odd Marvell controller pops up) and you see very little deviations from those reference designs.
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Jep4444 wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 9:58 am

You assume it was the drive and not the Dell laptop that was having the issue. Given the generally positive reviews on these drives overall and the fact that it's basically a reference Phison E12 and Dell's track record of quality control, I'd be inclined to blame Dell. I installed Windows 10 just fine on both a Silicon Power and Patriot version of the same drive. Unless you're just shitting on all non-branded drives. That said, it may look like there is a lot of competition with SSDs but there really isn't, there are like 5 companies that actually design SSDs, two are Samsung and WD, most of the rest are just Phison and Silicon Motion designs (the odd Marvell controller pops up) and you see very little deviations from those reference designs.
Did you even purchase this units and tested yourself? It appears that you are "shitting" on all valid review by assuming that because it uses same design, it should have the same compatibility and should work fine.
Other SSD worked perfectly fine with Dell. It is this particular brand.
It appears that you are quite ignorant in that sense that fake reviews are widespread on Amazon.

As you clearly have not bother to read some Amazon dot come review, here are some reviews. My experience with this drive due to compatibility is not isolated.

"nolan campbell
1.0 out of 5 starsWindows would not install on this drive
I tried many times to install windows on this drive but it would always end up with a corrupt file error after installation. I sent it back. Perhaps I just got a dud. And yes my system is NVMe PCIe capable. I was upgrading from a smaller PCIe drive."

"Don't buy for an upgrade....it won't work!
there is no cloning software exists that can clone your existing drive to the Sabrent Rocket. For a clean install, it should be fine, but for an upgrade, they sell it in a very misleading way since they're aware of this issue and don't advertise it to buyers prior to purchase."

"My motherboard didn't recognize this drive I spent 2 hours going through the BIOS, with all other drives disconnected? then Windows 10 would not install because of something to do with the drive? could be a bad drive? I sent it back."
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mrmcbandi wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 11:16 am
"nolan campbell
1.0 out of 5 starsWindows would not install on this drive
I tried many times to install windows on this drive but it would always end up with a corrupt file error after installation. I sent it back. Perhaps I just got a dud. And yes my system is NVMe PCIe capable. I was upgrading from a smaller PCIe drive."
Perhaps they just got a dud?
mrmcbandi wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 11:16 am
"Don't buy for an upgrade....it won't work!
there is no cloning software exists that can clone your existing drive to the Sabrent Rocket. For a clean install, it should be fine, but for an upgrade, they sell it in a very misleading way since they're aware of this issue and don't advertise it to buyers prior to purchase."
This is a well known issue since this drive doesn't support 512 bit emulation. You'll have to install from scratch or use cloning software that mitigates this issue.
mrmcbandi wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 11:16 am
"My motherboard didn't recognize this drive I spent 2 hours going through
the BIOS, with all other drives disconnected? then Windows 10 would not install because of something to do with the drive? could be a bad drive? I sent it back."
Hmm. Could be a bad drive. Out of all the product sales, those who have an issue are most likely to post a review.
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mrmcbandi wrote:
Sep 11th, 2019 11:16 am
Did you even purchase this units and tested yourself? It appears that you are "shitting" on all valid review by assuming that because it uses same design, it should have the same compatibility and should work fine.
Other SSD worked perfectly fine with Dell. It is this particular brand.
It appears that you are quite ignorant in that sense that fake reviews are widespread on Amazon.

As you clearly have not bother to read some Amazon dot come review, here are some reviews. My experience with this drive due to compatibility is not isolated.

"nolan campbell
1.0 out of 5 starsWindows would not install on this drive
I tried many times to install windows on this drive but it would always end up with a corrupt file error after installation. I sent it back. Perhaps I just got a dud. And yes my system is NVMe PCIe capable. I was upgrading from a smaller PCIe drive."

"Don't buy for an upgrade....it won't work!
there is no cloning software exists that can clone your existing drive to the Sabrent Rocket. For a clean install, it should be fine, but for an upgrade, they sell it in a very misleading way since they're aware of this issue and don't advertise it to buyers prior to purchase."

"My motherboard didn't recognize this drive I spent 2 hours going through the BIOS, with all other drives disconnected? then Windows 10 would not install because of something to do with the drive? could be a bad drive? I sent it back."
There are a few professional reviews of the drive and they are also positive. Also Sabrent isn't a China brand peddling cheaply made Chinese crap, they are a real company, based out of the US so I'm less worried about the fake review issue.

The Windows 10 thing seems to be a problem with the controller, not the drive and it seems to be affecting very few people (less than 1% of the reviews). I noticed similar complaints on the Silicon Power drive as well.

Frankly just about any product with a normal amount of reviews will have bad reviews. Check the best drives on the market and you can find one consistent complaint or another. Dell is notorious over the years for compatibility and driver shit like this (most OEMs are bad on this front) so I'm holding my ground on that statement.

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