In all companies announcing SSDs using PCIe 4.0 at Computex 2019, GIGABYTE is the only brand with demo products. The AORUS AIC Gen4 SSD and AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD show impressive read and write speeds, with AIC version reaching write speeds of up to 15 GB / s and up to 8 TB.
AORUS SSD Gen4 is optimized for the 3rd generation AMD Ryzen platform
Basically, the launch of the AORUS SSD Gen4 line is GIGABYTE's strategy to bring the PCIe 4.0 device ecosystem to users. In addition to SSD, the company also has X570 chipset motherboard and Radeon RX 5000 series graphics card that are compatible with PCIe 4.0 standard.
Through cooperation with Phison, GIGABYTE has developed two SSD versions: AORUS AIC Gen4 SSD and AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD, both using the Phison PS5016-E16 controller.
AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD is designed according to M.2 standard, 2TB capacity, reading speed of 5 GB / s
AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD is the basic line designed to plug into the M.2 slot on the X570 board, with a compact size.
You can see that its main internal structure consists of a Phison PS5016-E16 controller, 2 memory chips (1 TB each).
To solve the temperature problem, GIGABYTE uses passive heatsink with 2 pieces of copper on both the front and back of the SSD.
To make the most of this SSD, of course, you'll need an X570 motherboard that supports PCIe 4.0.
The actual transmission speed is exactly the same as the "advertisement" with a reading speed of 5014.4 MB / s and a write speed of 4,266 MB / s. Of course this is only in ideal conditions with sequential read speeds, but basically it eats most NVMe M.2 SSDs using PCIe 3.0.
AORUS AIC Gen4 SSD designed in the form of an add-in card, 8 TB capacity, 15 GB / s write and read speed
Compared to the M.2 version, AORUS AIC Gen4 SSD is much more impressive with the read write speeds up to 15 GB / s.
This line is designed in the form of an add-in card, inside there are 8 1 TB memory chips (total capacity of 8 TB) and PS5016-E16 controller.
It's all about it, but it's actually 4 NVMe SSDs running in RAID 0. You can also see that GIGABYTE must integrate active cooling system with fan.
Inserting a mask, this SSD card is like a video card using a squirrel cage heat sink, but it is more compact and only takes 1 slot.
To fully harness the power of AORUS AIC Gen4 SSD, you will have to plug it into the PCIe 16x slot on the motherboard.
In the demo frame in the exhibition area, the company attaches AORUS AIC Gen4 SSD right at the first 16x slot to ensure the optimal transmission speed, push the graphics card to the 3rd slot. If used at home, I do not recommend you, because the 3rd 16x slot actually only runs at 4x, it will affect the graphics card performance.
Actual benchmark results are even more than ads, with altar speeds of 15385 MB / s and 15509 MB / s read. 15 GB of data transferred in 1 second, everything happens in a snap with GIGABYTE's new SSD series.
Currently, GIGABYTE has not yet announced the price or date of the new AORUS SSD. The company confirmed that the product is available in Vietnam, but as early as July, when the third generation Ryzen CPUs and X570 motherboards are widely sold in the market.