Sabrent today announced the release of its new Rocket nano XTRM (SB-XTMN) USB 3.2 Gen2 / Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD with transfers up to 2700MBps. Our math says that that’s 21.6 Gb/s, exceeding the 20Gb/s available from a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface. Its native Thunderbolt 3 also supports USB 3.2 transfers and is backwards compatible all the way to USB 2.0…if people who still use that standard a patient enough.
Those specifications might make the new Rocket Nano XTRM the perfect combination of speed and compatibility, but users whose USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports don’t support Thunderbolt 3 protocols will be stuck with Gen2x1 (10Gb/s) mode. Fortunately, all of our Gen2x2 links pass through Thunderbolt 3 controllers for dual compatibility, so future reviews shouldn’t be a problem for us.
As with its closest competing solution, the Rocket Nano XTRM is built with an aluminum body for enhanced durability and heat dissipation: A silicone sleeve further dampens it against minor drops.
Designed for portability, the Rocket Nano XTRM is only 2.7 x 1.1 x 0.5 inches and has a weight of only 2.2 ounces. That is to say, it’s narrower than the USB 3.2 Gen2x1 device we recently reviewed.
Packed with both USB Type-C to Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 compatible) and USB Type-C to Type A cables, the 1TB Nano XTRM is available today from Amazon.
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Our only concern is that it’s going up against a similar device with twice the capacity at a lower $170 price. Not to be outdone, Sabrent has announced an in-house special of $169.99, leaving buyers to consider whether they want the Rocket Nano XTRM’s improved performance on their MAC devices or its competitor’s higher capacity across all devices.