Ultra-Fast External Storage for Video Editors on the Go

If you are looking for super-fast storage for your video editing on the go, then you may be interested in checking out the Sabrent 2TB Rocket XTRM Nvme Thunderbolt 3 SSD.

If you are looking for ultra-fast transfer speeds that are as quick as your computer's internal solid-state drive, then you are in luck. The Sabrent Rocket XTRM can reach transfer speeds up to 2,400 MB/s. In real-world testing, I was able to achieve write speeds up to 2,114 MB/s and read speeds up to 2,482 MB/s, which is pretty quick for an external hard drive.

In actual reality, you don’t really need speeds that fast to edit your 4K video footage, but it certainly helps when you are transferring files and exporting your rendered video footage.

It requires a Thunderbolt 3-equipped USB-C interface and supports both Windows and Mac, which makes it quite flexible. To see how incredibly small and portable it is, check out the video above.

The only downside I have encountered so far with the Sabrent Rocket XTRM 2TB Nvme SSD is that on a few occasions, it has auto-ejected for no apparent reason. My guess is that it may auto-eject itself when it exceeds a certain internal temperature, but I am not totally sure. Overall, it is a pretty impressive performer considering its speed, size, and storage capacity. 

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3 Comments

Jan Holler's picture

In such small enclosures, overheating can happen quickly. Check the temperature with https://openhardwaremonitor.org/ . If it goes way over 50ºC/122ºF quickly or even while idling you run into problems.

There are many enclosures for NVMe available with USB 3.2 Gen 1 or 2x2 which allow up to 16Gbps transfer rate (real world) vs Thunderbolt 22Gbps (real word). Some of them even have fans, e.g. IcyBox IB-1922MF-C32 M.2 Pair them with a decent NVMe and you can have 4TB for under $800. The according USB-C cable is much cheaper than a Thunderbolt 3 cable.

kelly hofer's picture

I bought three of them for my video editing team and they overheat on thunderbolt quite quickly. One got completely roasted within the first week of owning it and recovering the data would have cost us $3000-$5000.

Using them via USB-C cables solves those problems but then you are limited to USB 3.2 speeds.

Jay Allan's picture

Good to know. Thanks for the information.