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Sabrent Rocket V60 1TB Review

Sabrent Rocket V60 SD 1TB
Review

Price when reviewed

£289

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Our Verdict

Performance wise V60 cards are relatively middle of the road – they meet the demands of most high-end cameras, with minimum write speeds of 60MB/s. Yet despite this impressive performance, they’re overshadowed by the faster V90 SD cards; and they’re more expensive than the V30 cards, so what else can a V60 do to impress? Provide you with masses of capacity at a decent price, that’s what.

The Sabrent Rocket V60 1TB is huge on the capacity front, with enough space to store thousands of images for most cameras. A standard Sony A7 III could store 21,140 uncompressed RAW images, and even the Sony A7R V could fit 7,407.

Capacity is one thing, but the Sabrent Rocket backs up this capacity with speed and all at a reasonable price. If you have one of the latest huge resolution cameras, the middle-of-the-road V60 card with a huge capacity could be just the ticket, or if you have a lower resolution camera, then this could well be the only SD card you’ll ever need to buy.

For

  • Huge capacity
  • Decent transfer rates
  • Relatively inexpensive considering

Against

  • Big capacity to lose if something goes wrong

What is the Sabrent Rocket V60?

The Sabrent Rocket V60 SD sits in the awkward mid-range of memory cards; it’s fast, offers decent storage, and comes reasonably priced. However, there are V90 cards with fast transfer speeds, and there are V30 cards that offer great value for money, while the V60 cards offer a balance of speed and price, meaning there’s more scope for capacity.

In the case of the Sabrent Rocket V60 card that capacity is 1TB, that’s only one step to the SDXC maximum capacity of 2TB.

So the Sabrent Rocket V60 offers a huge capacity with decent transfer speeds at a reasonable price. Sounds good, but should you risk using a card with such a colossal capacity? What if something goes wrong you’re likely to lose everything? Putting it to the test, the standard measure of transfer rates is, of course, important, but checking the durability and reliability of this card is more important than ever.

Specification

  • Video speed class : V60
  • Read speed : 1500MB/s
  • Write speed : 500MB/s
  • Capacity : 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB

Performance

A couple of years ago, a 128 or even a 256GB SD card would give me the fear. Now I’m looking at a card with 1TB of storage, can a card of this size be safe to use, what if it goes wrong?

Having now settled into life with these larger capacity cards I can say I’m far more comfortable, and with the advent of CFExpress the additional robust build quality helps to reassure me further. But, now I have an SD card with 1TB of storage in a format that I have never felt is that robust having gone through many in the decade or so that the format has been widely used.

Because of the doubts I still have about SD durability, I decided that this card was going to be put through a more extreme form of testing. It may have quite a large monetary value but if you’re going to pay in excess of £200/$200 for an SD card lets check that it’s going to last the distance.

Sabrent Rocket V60 SD 1TB

For that matter £200 isn’t actually a great deal of money considering the capacity, the Sandisk 64GB UHS-II can set you back nearly £100 so in balance the Sabrent Rocket V60 is a snip.

Back to the test and mainly because it’s cold outside I can subject the card to a little more exposure than normal. Alongside the transfer rates, drop, and left in a bag test I’ll also leave it outside in the freezing cold and use it extensively over a month as the primary storage media for the Sony A7 III.

As it happened, it’s been a busy month, with several shoots, both video and stills. Throughout the main bulk of the test, the card has remained in the camera; with that huge 1TB of storage, there has been little or no need to remove it aside from downloading the image or video files.

In use, the V60 speed ensured fast transfer speeds that exceeded what the Sony A7 III needed, so on that front, all good. Once the standard test was complete, the card was used in the Canon EOS R5 C, and after a quick swap of the card functions, SD was selected as the primary storage destination. Again the card kept up with the shooting needs of the Canon R5 C as an internal storage solution.

After the main test I then started to be a little less careful with the card, keeping it in my pocket and throwing it into a side pocket of my backpack when not in use, just making sure it was clean and dust free before popping it back in a camera. The card thankfully stood up to general wear and tear, with no issues on performance and use. Likewise, leaving it outside for six hours in temperatures below 0 also proved to have little effect on the card’s performance, although it was warmed back to room temperature before using.

Checking the performance in Blackmagic Disk Speed Test revealed the following impressive results:

Write: 82.2MB/s
Read: 190.2MB/s

Final Thoughts

1TB of SD capacity in your camera is pretty much enough to last a lifetime for most digital cameras; however, where this card comes into it’s own is with the new wave of high-resolution cameras such as the Canon EOS R5 and Sony A7R IV. These cameras push storage technology to the max, and while both cameras are primed for CFExpress compatibility, the cost of those cards is still hugely expensive compared with the relatively cheap price of the Sabrent Rocket V60 SD 1TB.

The beauty of the Sabrent Rocket V60 is that like all V60’s it offers a balance. For most people with digital cameras around the 24MP mark, the huge capacity and decent transfer speeds will ensure that all your files are safely captured, and there’s plenty of space for thousands of images.

When it comes to the high-resolution end of the market the capacity goes from being nice to have to more of a necessity especially if you’re shooting a mixture of stills and video.

Sabrent Rocket V60 SD 1TB review

The Sabrent Rocket V60 SD 1TB has the balance just right; firstly an amazing price for the capacity and is partnered by decent performance. You can, of course, get faster SD cards and the Canon R5 C could do with that extra write speed when using some of the higher-quality settings, but for the most part, this card matches the requirements of the camera well.

If you’re in the need for a high-capacity, reliable and robust SD card then the Sabrent Rocket V60 SD 1TB is a great option. For me, this card will act as a partner to the Sabrent CFExpress 512GB card in the Canon EOS R5 C one for video and the SD for images.

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