Sabrent Apex X21 Destroyer Solution Provides 168TB capacity with speed over 31GB/s

Recently, Sabrent unveiled a colossal storage solution, the forthcoming Apex X21 Destroyer. Equipped with 21 Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSDs, these PCIe 4.0 SSDs boast a combined capacity of 168TB.

Sabrent asserts that the Apex X21 Destroyer storage solution represents cutting-edge technology, currently undergoing testing with maximum sustained read/write speeds exceeding 31GB/s. Based on the Apex Storage X21 M.2 expansion card, Sabrent’s test data even surpasses the official figures from Apex Storage (maximum sustained read/write speeds of 30.5GB/s and 26.5GB/s). It is worth noting that Sabrent has not provided third-party reports or samples and continues to fine-tune and evaluate this PCIe expansion card.

While Sabrent has offered similar large-scale storage solutions in the past, the Apex X21 Destroyer operates on an entirely different level. This PCIe expansion card lacks a RAID controller and features a passive cooling structure with a daughterboard design. The PLX chip is situated on the mainboard, covered by a metal heatsink. The mainboard accommodates up to nine PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 SSDs, while the daughterboard can hold up to twelve PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 SSDs. Both boards require dual 6-pin power supply connectors, and additional airflow is necessary for cooling. Officials claim that a minimum of 400 LFM is required to satisfy thermal demands.

The Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSD utilizes Phison’s E18 controller, Kioxia’s BiCS4 112-layer NAND flash memory, and a 4GB cache, with maximum sustained read speeds exceeding 7GB/s, priced at $1,099. As for the X21 M.2 expansion card, its approximate cost is $2,800. Excluding other expenses, the Apex X21 Destroyer storage solution amounts to $25,879.