Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

GIGABYTE Rolls Out AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD

GIGABYTE today rolled out the Aorus RGB AIC NVMe SSD series. Built in the full-height single-slot AIC form-factor with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 host interface, the card combines a Phison PS5012-E12 NVMe 1.3 controller with Toshiba BiCS3 TLC NAND flash, and comes in capacities of 512 GB and 1 TB, which are equipped with 512 MB and 1 GB of DRAM cache, respectively. The 1 TB variant offers sequential transfer speeds of up to 3,480 MB/s reads, with up to 3,080 MB/s writes; up to 610,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 530,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The 512 GB variant, on the other hand, gives you up to 3,480 MB/s sequential reads, up to 2,100 MB/s sequential writes; up to 360,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 510,000 IOPS random writes.

GIGABYTE deployed a passive cooling system, consisting of a thermal pad that makes contact with the controller, NAND flash chips, and DRAM chips on one side, and on the other side the card's top aluminium shroud that doubles up as a heatspreader. There's an equally thick aluminium back-plate which holds the card's acrylic RGB LED diffuser that runs along the top edge. You use GIGABYTE RGB Fusion software to control the lighting on this card. Both cards are backed by 5-year warranties, provided the card stays below their rated endurance of 800 TBW for the 512 GB model, and 1600 TBW for the 1 TB model. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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20 Comments on GIGABYTE Rolls Out AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Alright pardner... You know what time it is...



Just keep on Rollin bebeh
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#3
TesterAnon
Is the cover atleast used as a heatsink or only to make it more attractive(Which is not doing a great job at it)?
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#4
biffzinker
TesterAnon, post: 4024672, member: 184515"
Is the cover atleast used as a heatsink or only to make it more attractive(Which is not doing a great job at it)?
yes
btarunr, post: 4024646, member: 43587"
GIGABYTE deployed a passive cooling system, consisting of a thermal pad that makes contact with the controller, NAND flash chips, and DRAM chips on one side, and on the other side the card's top aluminium shroud that doubles up as a heatspreader.
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#5
CheapMeat
Welp, I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff; price will be important though.
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#6
erixx
They are feeding us with III Reich aesthetics and phraseology: Team up Fight on? On an electronics part? FFS! Bad taste from all angles...
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#7
xtreemchaos
looks lovely but i could never find a use for it so i must have one eh.:)
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#8
tigger
I'm the only one
Well it's RGB, who gives a owls bum about anything else :lovetpu:
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#9
Caring1
erixx, post: 4024708, member: 82798"
They are feeding us with III Reich aesthetics and phraseology: Team up Fight on? On an electronics part? FFS! Bad taste from all angles...
Now that you mention it, that picture on the side does resemble a hand raised in salute Nazi style. :eek: :p
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#10
er557
Can you please not mention *****en nazis on tech site, regardless of that eagle on the side of the card....
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#11
theoneandonlymrk
I wouldn't expect their software ti work on anything but a gigabyte board, I've no more control over my RGB gigabyte memory then i do the weather, the software looks poor too but im on an asus motherboard so i may have expected too much, oh andd asus aura wont control it either.
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#12
kapone32
I wonder what the cost of these will be. It also looks like the interface is at 4 or 8 instead of 16. If these are anywhere north of $200 for the 512GB and $300 for the 1 TB they will be a waste of money, With the pricing trend for GIgabyte products I could even see these selling for more than that. This is very similar to the Intel DC P3700. Below is a product write up for it lets hope it doesn't cost over $900 CAD like the Intel does and that is a 400GB NVME drive too.

Intel SSD Data Center Family for P3700 provides breakthrough performance to modernize data center storage from an industry leader.



P3700 brings extreme data throughput directly to Xeon processors with up to six times faster data transfer speed than 6 Gbps SAS/SATA SSDs1.



The performance of a single drive from DC P3700 Series (460K IOPS), can replace the performance of 7 SATA SSDs aggregated through an HBA (~500K IOPS).



At 200 IOPS per Hard Disk Drive (HDD), 2,300 15K HDDs would be needed to match the performance of one these drives.



Consistently amazing performance provides fast, unwavering data streams directly to Intel Xeon processors making server data transfers efficient.

SSD performance consistency provides scalable throughput when multiple SSDs are unified into a single storage volume.

The massive storage bandwidth increase feeds Intel Xeon processor systems giving data center servers a performance boost.

Servers can now support more users simultaneously, compute on larger data sets, and address high-performance computing at lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Intel led the industry in creation of a new Non-Volatile Memory Express (NV ME) storage interface standard. NV ME is engineered for current and future NV ME technologies, unlike SAS/SATA SSDs.

NV ME overcomes SAS/SATA SSD performance limitations by optimizing hardware and software to take full advantage of NVM SSD technology.

Intel Xeon processors efficiently transfer data in fewer clock cycles with the NV ME optimized software stack compared to the legacy Advance Host Controller Interface (AHCI) stack, reducing latency and overhead.

Direct CPU connection also eliminates Host-Bus-Adapter (HBA) cards, further reducing latency and TCO. The new 2.5" form-factor with hot-swap capability provides convenient front panel serviceability allowing quick, uninterrupted installation. The AIC form-factor conveniently fits in half-height, half-length slots.
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#13
jmcslob
theoneandonlymrk, post: 4024796, member: 82332"
I wouldn't expect their software ti work on anything but a gigabyte board, I've no more control over my RGB gigabyte memory then i do the weather, the software looks poor too but im on an asus motherboard so i may have expected too much, oh andd asus aura wont control it either.
Only Gigabytes clunky ass RGB fusion works for their stuff.
It's a shame.
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#14
kapone32
jmcslob, post: 4024853, member: 67555"
Only Gigabytes clunky ass RGB fusion works for their stuff.
It's a shame.
It is interesting that with other peripherals RAM, GPU and some CPU coolers are made to be compatible with the RGB software on any board. Gigabyte make good boards in terms of construction but their BIOS sucks (not even spartan). Gigabyte are no longer a company I trust to buy anything from. I do like the look of this though.
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#15
Caring1
er557, post: 4024757, member: 90273"
Can you please not mention *****en nazis on tech site, regardless of that eagle on the side of the card....
What's your issue, they weren't immune from tech and actually created stuff still in use today.
If you want to pretend they didn't exist by covering your ears and shouting no, no, no, that's your problem.
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#16
ypsylon
How many RGB/s it shows?

Surely it has to be fast...

On a more serious note, why waste time with this, why not offer x8 NVMe card Gigabyte? One drive or two on board, open to debate. There is plenty of wasted lanes on many motherboards.
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#17
er557
that would require a bifurcation supported slots, in actuallity lanes are spread very thin most of the time
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#18
Prima.Vera
This is all cool and nice specs wise. Now, can you dump this format and use M.2 instead please??? I really don't want to waste 1 of the PCI-X slots with this.
Thank you.
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