The world's largest laptop SSD will be a 16TB model from Sabrent

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Sabrent, one of the most aggressive challenger brands in storage, will soon launch a 16TB solid state drive. It will be a 2.5-inch SATA model that we can safely assume will be compatible with laptop drives with a spare slot (ed: unless it is a 9.5mm model, rather than a 7mm one).

Engineering samples are undergoing testing and both enterprise and client versions will be available to buyers very soon, we've been told. Pricing is unknown, but we expect it to be around $2,000 or $125 per Terabyte, roughly 30% more than the cheapest Terabyte SATA SSD on the market.

The drives will most likely be based on the reference design announced by Phison earlier this year at CES 2020, and showcased by our sister publication Tomshardware. The E12S controller uses Micron 96-layer QLC packages and a handful of them will be needed to reach the stated 16TB capacity.

Back in January, the prototype drive pulled off 550/530 MBps of read/write throughput and 95,000/90,000 IOPS of random read/write performance, with the bus being the main/only bottleneck.

Earlier this year, Sabrent unveiled the supposed world's fastest SSD, the 2TB Rocket 4 Plus (also based on a Phison reference design), as well as the world's largest PCIe NVMe M2 SSD, the 8TB Rocket Q4, and what is probably the smallest external SSD, the Sabrent Nano.

Samsung currently has the biggest SATA SSD drive by capacity, the 870 QVO - an 8TB monster that sells for around $800. Hard disk drives, meanwhile, are nowhere to be seen, with the largest reaching 5TB for extra thick 9.5mm models.

Desire Athow
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