Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500GB Review

Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500GB Review

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Gigabyte is a known company that offers every computer enthusiast, high-performing components. They’re also famous for their graphics processors and motherboards, yet are entirely new to the SSD market. But with their latest sample, the company hopes to change that.

Among the biggest and most significant features of the X570 boards from AMD is the PCIe 4.0. Usually, the quickest PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives average about 3500MB/s. Yet with the PCIe 4.0, you’ll be getting about 5000MB/s or 5GB/s which is great.

Looking at the difference, you’ll get a massive boost in speed. In this day and age, where time is money, no one wants to sit and wait for transfers to load. That’s why, even if there’s an additional cost for speed, it’s undoubtedly worth it.

Today, we’ll be talking about the very first PCIe 4.0 NVMEe drive under AORUS. It’s the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb that uses a Phison PS5016-E16, PCIe 4.0 x4 controller. It also sports an SK Hynix DDR4 cache chip, and a Toshiba BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND.

Sounds interesting? Think you’ll need this for your system? If that’s the case, then we’ve got you covered since today, we will focus on this SSD from Gigabyte.

But first, what’s in the box?

Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb Review – What’s in the Box?

Let’s begin with the packaging of the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb. This SSD comes in a simple-looking cardboard box. Despite this design, it’s still a sturdy box that can protect the product inside. The front displays the logo of AORUS at the centre, while AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD is below. On the rear portion of the box, you’ll find essential information about the product.

Inside, you will find the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb itself. The box also includes dual-sided copper heatsink, screws for the heatsink, plus a warranty guide.

The Product

Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb Review

If you compare it to other SSDs, the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb has a unique design. First, it’s much heavier compared to other NVMe’s we’ve tried. It feels a bit like a hard drive because of the copper heatsinks’ heft. The deep grooves at the top work by boosting the copper heatsink’s surface area. For the diagonal recess that sports the AORUS logo, it looks perfect and gives a premium look to the product.

Looking at the heatsink, it sports a two-piece style that allows you to fix the drive in the bottom piece. Then, you can set the larger part at the top. You’ll find thermal tape on each of its sides to avoid damaging the drive when installing.

The Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb has an M.2 2280 form factor. Its interface is the PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.3 and has a maximum capacity of 1,000GB. It has a sequential read speed that goes up to 5,000MB/s while sequential write reaches 4,400MB/s.

This SSD comes with wear levelling and over-provision technologies and is supported by TRIM & S.M.A.R.T. It sports a full-body copper heat spreader, plus it conveniently has a limited 5-year warranty included.

Product Features

World First PCIe 4.0×4 Controller

The Phison PS5016-E16 Controller is the World First PCIe 4.0×4 Controller created by 28nm manufacturing technology. The advanced fabrication process ensures that the PS5016-E16 has sufficient computing power. It is for ECC processing when adopting the newest 3D TLC NAND flash.

The controller also has eight NAND channels with DDR4 DRAM caching, 32 CE targets, and a PCIe 4.0×4 interface. For the chip, it supports LDPC error correction, NVMe 1.3 protocol, and Wear Leveling, Over-Provision technologies. These improve the SSD’s durability and reliability.

TOSHIBA BiCS4 96-Layers 3D TLC (800MT/s)

The Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb comes with the Toshiba BiCS4 NAND Flash. It improves architecture and circuitry by boosting 96 layers for increased storage space per unit area. 800MT/s throughput on this SSD exceeds the PCIe 3.0×4 products for efficient storage performance.

Xtreme Storage Operations

With the latest PCIe 4.0 controller, the AORUS NVMe Gen 4 SSD offers excellent speeds. It goes up to 5,000 MB/s – sequential read, and 2,500MB/s – sequential write. The PCIe 4.0 SSDs sequential read is 40% faster than the PCIe 3.0 SSDs. With that, you’ll get to enjoy faster and seamless gaming, streaming, as well as graphics-intensive rendering.

Full-Body Copper Thermal Solutions for Excellent PCIe 4.0 SSD Performance

Full-copper heatsinks have about 69% higher capacities for heat transfers than aluminium heatsinks. These give the AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD the best heat dissipation for read and write performances

Excellent Copper Heat Spreader Design

Compared to a plated M.2 heat spreader, efficient copper heat spreaders that sport 27 fins add increased surface area. Enhanced thermal transfers from heating sources acquire thermal balance immediately. The optimized fin array design efficiently exchanges heat with airflow of any direction. The unique design ensures that the SSD’s components are at a suitable operating temperature under high transfer rates.

Highly Reliable SSD

Gigabyte supports the drive with a 5-year warranty, making it extremely convenient for all. But what’s impressive is its huge endurance rate of 3,600 TBW. Most drives offer 1200-1500 TBW, but the 3,600 TBW will give you maximum peace of mind.

Next on our Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb review are the specifications.

SSD ToolBox Software

The SSD ToolBox Software is the utility for monitoring and configuring the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb. First, we tried using it to see how it works.

This updated SSD software immediately gave us an analysis of the SSDs status. Plus, we were able to see different elements like the FW version, model name, health condition, sensor temperature, etc. Furthermore, we were allowed to clear data via the Secure Erase function, which was excellent.

The SSD ToolBox Software was user-friendly, and we didn’t encounter any issue while using it. It provided all the information we needed as well, so we were satisfied with it.

Specifications

Using the Product

With the attached heatsink, we were able to see a peak sequential read speed of about 3913MB/s in Anvil Pto. For the sequential write speed, it reached about 4087MB/s.

All in all, if you’re looking for speed, then the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb is your drive. It’s the fastest and efficient M.2 solid-state drive we’ve tested, and we’re delighted about it. In the past, there were other drives that we considered faster, but now, this drive from AORUS beats them out.

If you’re planning to build a system using an X570 board, then this NVMe Gen4 SSD is a great inclusion. Just like we mentioned, time equates to money. So, the faster you can go with file transfers, the more money you’re saving. It would be much better if there were other platforms other than AMD’s X570 chipset that supported the drive. But at least it’s backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0 slot, though expect to see a decrease in performance.

Gigabyte designed the drive with a large 70g all-copper heatsink. It doesn’t only look great, but it’s able to keep the temperature in check. In our tests, the drive became slightly warm; however, it didn’t throttle at all, which was good.

Overall, the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb performed excellently, and we don’t have any concerns at all. Because of that, we’re giving it two thumbs up for being a notable performer.

Conclusion

The Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb is one of the fastest drives we’ve used. Its speed is higher than the previous generation, and the difference is evident. The increased rates with the games we tried were significant and load times nearly reduced by half. Loading large video files were just as fast, which is something we appreciate a lot.

If you need faster performance for your rig, the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb is perfect for you. When used with an upgraded motherboard and the latest drives, you won’t be disappointed with it.

Overall, we were satisfied with the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb. If you’re looking for a solid-state drive that delivers excellent performance while staying cool, we highly recommend this.

Where to Buy

If you want to have the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 500gb, check out the company’s store locator for authorized dealers near you.

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