👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅15-10-19
Heading into the review we obviously had high hopes about the drives performance and, quite frankly, we were excited to see what would now be possible.

GIGABYTE AORUS, in partnership with Phison and Toshiba have now raised the bar massively, completely swamping the raw throughput performance of the fastest PCI-E 3.0 had to offer, but there are a few caveats to that, chief amongst which is the reliance on the relatively expensive X570 chipset and the cost of the AORUS Gen4 SSD.

The copper heatsink not only looks fantastic but it also prevented our SSD from throttling during all of our testing. We kept an eye on the temperatures with a laser thermometer and found it hitting 70°C during prolonged testing but no drops in performance were measured at all. This was measured on an open testbench with one 120mm fan blowing air over the motherboard so your mileage very well may vary. We’d prefer if the drive arrived without the heatsink attached to the drive, making the installation optional.

As a first generation NVMe 4.0 drive, the 5GB/s read and 4.4GB/s write is impressive but with theoretical limits a whopping 2GB/s higher than that, we’ll be waiting with baited breath to see what’s possible in the coming years.

GIGABYTE back the drive with a 5-year warranty and a 3600TBW rating on the 2TB model, 1800TBW on the 1TB drive, so they’re certainly confident about the longevity of the SSD; always nice to have that peace of mind.

If you’ve already invested into an X570 motherboard with one of AMD’s latest and greatest Zen2 processors, it’s likely that you find joy in seeking out the fastest components. If that sounds like you, the GIGABYTE AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD will absolutely provide you with the fastest M.2 SSD money can buy.

+ Insanely fast
+ Hefty copper heatsink looks great and performs well
+ 3600TBW endurance rating
+ 5-year warranty
+ Easy to install

- Very expensive
- Only works on the X570 chipset at present

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