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Aorus NVMe Gen4 SSD 2TB review: Early mover advantage?

By Wong Chung Wee - 13 Jan 2020
Launch SRP: S$699

AS SSD results

AS SSD 2.0.6821.41776 results

AS SSD is a benchmark that uses non-compressible and completely random data. This benchmark is useful because some controllers, like the once popular but now defunct SandForce SF-2281, compress data first before moving them around. However, with non-compressible and random data, controllers cannot compress the data first, which forces them to deal with data as they are. Therefore, this is a useful benchmark to prevent drivers using controllers like the SF-2281 controller or similar from gaining an upper hand.

The Gigabyte drive turned in a lacklustre performance for the copy benchmark test; it was the slowest drive, barring its Program test results.

It only performed best at for the sequential read and write tests thanks to the increased bandwidth of its PCIe 4.0 interface.

Again, its bandwidth capacity accorded by its PCIe 4.0 standard put it in top spot for the most taxing multi-threaded test, and it beat the Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus drive by 18% for the read test, and 8% for the write test respectively.

From the single thread 4K read results, the WD Black SN750 drive upended all the other SSDs to take top position; however, its read result was the lowest. The Gigabyte Aorus drive was runner-up for both sets of results.

In terms of final results, the Gigabyte Aorus drive roughly 25% better than the competing PCIe 3.0 drives, i.e., the Aorus NVMe Gen4 SSD grand average score was 6,926, Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus drive's score was 5,907, WD Black SN750 scored 5,017 and Samsung SSD 970 Pro's grand average was 4,880.

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8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Fast sequential read and write speeds
PCIe 4.0 support
Heatsink helps keep chips cool
Good price point
5-year warranty
High endurance rating
The Bad
Speed only evident with large data blocks and files
Heatsink must be removed if space is tight
Performance advantage limited to AMD X570 platforms for now
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