The Best (& Fastest) External SSD For Video Editing

When a product is called something as cool as the Rocket XTRM-Q then it deserves it’s own video, also it helps that this is quite possibly the best external hard drive for filmmakers.

The world of external storage for us video editors has gone from frustratingly expensive, slow and barely capable to use as an archive; to in recent years, being affordable, reliable and actually fast enough to edit 4k video projects from.

To this end I recently covered a video featuring a DIY NVME thunderbolt 3 SSD solution from Sabrent. Where with minimal effort and no tools you can build a 1tb NVME SSD with speeds fit for editing 4k video. And when the team at Sabrent saw this video they said great, but what about covering something bigger, faster and that requires no building at all? and faster than this thing can read and write they sent me the Sabrent Rocket XTRM Q, that name makes it sound way cooler than just a 2TB Thunderbolt 3 NVME SSD.

For certain this isn’t a budget or beginners offering, what we’re looking at here is the bleeding edge of technology for us video editors and the $450 price tag for this 2TB model suggests that. We get the ready built, plug n play NVME drive in a solid aluminium thunderbolt 3 chassis. As well as being fully thunderbolt 3 compliant it is also fully compatible with USB 3.2 connections, although the top speed is obviously limited when doing so.

Sabrent claim that a Thunderbolt 3 connection gives you 2700 MB/s read and write speeds and obviously the manufacturers are always going to post maximum headlines, but in testing we regularly got close to this with a fair average of around 2400, easily fast enough for 4k video editing.

When I first came across external NVME drives, it was very much a DIY affair. Finding the right enclosures to house your SSD, ensuring they’re true Thunderbolt chassis, fitting the NVME, correctly formatting, basically it wasn’t something to enter into for the less computer savvy. The Rocket XTRM-Q is the opposite of that, it’s plug n play, ready to go and best of all faster than anything else on the market, including my previous DIY NVME drive.

To go one further, you can happily compare this to the currently market leading external SSD’s on the market, The Samsung T5 & T7. And from a disk speed perspective they don’t even come close with the $350 Samsung T7’s maxing out at less than half of the Sabrent at around 900 MB/s.

For me speed and reliability are the only two factors I care about with my external editing drives. And my in my experience with Sabrent’s NVME drives they offer the best in-class for both. Which really begs the question why would you look elsewhere? I know these aren’t the cheapest drives, but in truth they are only marginally more expensive than those Samsung T drives and offer a huger amount more in terms of performance. But if you are looking to save a few quid then go for the DIY route, I’ll leave my how to video linked below for you.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look at the Sabrent XTRM-Q External NVME Drives for video editing. We’ve now got two at the studio and I’ll definitely be adding more as the need arises.

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