Page 11 - Conclusion
The Gigabyte AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 512GB is a product more familiar to us than we would expect at first glance. Using the proven Phison E12 controller and Toshiba BICS 3D triple-level cell flash memory, this NVMe SSD is almost identical to the Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB and Patriot Viper VPN100 underneath the hood. This means it has an impressive 800TBW write endurance and super-fast linear read of up to 3480MB/s. Of course, its PCI Express add-in card form factor affords it additional features M.2 NVMe drives like the Seagate FireCuda 510 and Patriot Viper VPN100 cannot have. The massive heatsink cools like crazy and is stylish to look at. The array of RGB LEDs on the side are configurable in software and can be synchronized with other compatible AORUS products as well. I mean, in an age where we have RGB RAM and PSUs, how can anyone miss out on an RGB SSD in 2019? Interestingly, while the Gigabyte AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 512GB offers excellent linear read and write performance, its heavy workload results fell a tiny bit short of the VPN100. Furthermore, I feel like its medium workload throughput was a bit lower than it should like the Seagate FireCuda 510. Again, I think this is a firmware optimization problem Patriot has managed to solve that Seagate and Gigabyte has not yet. That aside, Gigabyte offers a generous 5-year warranty and sells the AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 512GB for an MSRP of $150. You will certainly find it cheaper in retail, and while it will unavoidably cost more than drives like the VPN100 or XPG SX8200 Pro, you do not need a free M.2 slot and you get synchronized RGB effects. If that is your jam, then this is your SSD.
Gigabyte provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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The Gigabyte AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 512GB is a speedy NVMe SSD with proven hardware and cool RGB effects in the PCI Express add-in card form factor.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 188.8.131.52
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8