Update August 14, 2021: We have updated this article and performed a new test on the 1TB Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s M.2 NVMe SSD page 2.
Original comments made on May 6, 2021:
Today, we use Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000 for review in the laboratory, and its cooling is suitable for SSDs that can consume more than 8.5 watts of power. With a well-made heat sink and a large number of heat sinks, it is ready to deal with the most demanding workloads and will add luster to high-end game construction.Aimed at The best solid state drive, Aorus Gen4 7000s can reach up to 7 GBps, and surprisingly, from the test, it shows an improvement over the earlier Phison E18 NVMe SSD samples we encountered.
In the past few months, we have come into contact with many SSDs based on Phison PS5018-E18, and they all provide very high performance.But at such a high speed, these SSDs also have higher power consumption compared to other SSDs, such as Samsung’s 980 Pro and WD’s black SN850At the same time, this will result in high heat output when used in large quantities, especially for higher capacity models like Sabrent’s 4TB Rocket 4 Plus.
Just as great Sabrent’s recently reviewed 4TB Rocket 4 Plus isWhen only relying on thin heat sinks to keep it cool, it is still vulnerable to limitations under heavy write workloads. As a result, many new Phison 18-drive SSDs are being launched, equipped with heat sinks to ensure throttling (or at least hoping for throttling) operation.
Corsair even developed both Heat sink MP600 Pro As well as the MP600 Pro Hydro X version, it is suitable for custom water-cooled drilling rigs that require completely non-throttle operation. In our hands, we now have Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000s, which is an interesting alternative and did not take such drastic measures. Aorus Gen4 7000s is equipped with a heat sink that maximizes surface area and uses a more traditional design method to solve the smaller heat problem, but less traditional is that it also uses a nano-carbon coating, which is said to reduce the temperature by 20%.
|product||Gen4 7000s 1TB||Gen4 7000s 2TB|
|Price||209.99 USD||USD 389.99|
|Capacity (user/raw)||1000GB / 1024GB||2000GB / 2048GB|
|Constitutive factors||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Interface Protocol||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4|
|Controller||Phiso PS5018-E18||Phiso PS5018-E18|
|Dynamic random access memory||DDR4||DDR4|
|memory||Micron 96L Thin Layer Chromatography||Micron 96L Thin Layer Chromatography|
|Sequential reading||7,000 MBps||7,000 MBps|
|Sequential write||5,500 MBps||6,850 MBps|
|Random read||350,000 IOPS||650,000 IOPS|
|Random write||700,000 IOPS||700,000 IOPS|
|Safety||AES 256-bit encryption||AES 256-bit encryption|
|Endurance (TBW)||700 TB||1,400 TB|
|Warranty||5 years||5 years|
Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s has two capacities, 1TB and 2TB, and the price is $210 and $390, respectively. Gigabyte has a rated read speed of 7,000 MBps per capacity, but a 1TB rated write speed of 5,500 MBps, and a 2TB model has a rated write speed of 6,850 MBps. In terms of peak random performance, the rated capacity of SSD can reach up to 650,000 / 700,000 random read and write IOPS.
GIGABYTE provides a 5-year warranty for Aorus Gen4 7000s, each with a considerable level of write endurance-up to 700TB per 1TB of capacity. Such high battery life is attributed to Phison’s fourth-generation LDPC and RAID ECC, which are well-balanced and a bit over-provisioned. In addition, like Corsair’s MP600 Pro, SSD supports AES 256-bit hardware encryption, which is ideal for people who need to meet security compliance standards when handling sensitive data.
Software and accessories
Gigabyte provides a basic SSD toolbox that can read the health of the SSD, SMART data, and securely erase it (assuming it is a secondary drive).
Take a closer look
GIGABYTE’s Aorus Gen4 7000s uses a M.2 2280 double-sided form factor. The included aluminum radiator measures 11.5 x 23.5 x 76 mm, and the two shades of black and silver look great. We are not sure how helpful the nano-carbon coating itself is, but based on the design of this radiator, we are quite confident that without it, there is enough surface area to dissipate all the heat it needs. The SSD is sandwiched between two thick thermal pads to transfer heat from the PCB to the heat sink and base plate.
As mentioned earlier, Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000s is supported by Phison’s second-generation PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD controller PS5018-E18. It uses DRAM and uses a three-core architecture, with the company’s CoXProcessor 2.0 technology (two additional R5 CPU cores) to achieve fast and consistent response. The main CPU core is Arm Cortex R5. The main frequency is 1 GHz, which is higher than the 733MHz of its predecessor PS5016-E16. The main frequency of the CoXProcessor 2.0 core is slower to improve efficiency.
Our 2TB sample is equipped with 2GB DDR4 from SK hynix, divided into two DRAM ICs, one on each side of the PCB. The interface speed between these chips and the controller is 1,600 MHz and consumes 1.2V. In addition, there are a total of eight NAND flash memory locations for storage, and each location contains 256GB of Micron 512Gb 96L TLC flash memory (32 chips in total). This NAND runs at a speed of up to 1,200 MTps and has a four-plane architecture for fast response performance.
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