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Gigabyte AORUS RAID SSD 2TB Review

Rating: 8.0.

Gigabyte’s AORUS RAID 2TB is an AIC format drive that uses a combination of four NVMe SSDs and an enterprise-class NVMe RAID controller to produce read speeds of up to 6300MB/s via a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. If you’re looking for the fastest speeds without moving to PCIe 4.0, is this a viable solution?

The AORUS RAID SSD 2TB uses four Gigabyte 512GB NVMe drives which are controlled by an enterprise-grade Marvell 88NR2241-BWW2 Intelligent NVMe Switch and out of the box are set up in a RAID 0 array. The controller also supports JBOD, RAID 1 or RAID 10 arrays. Performance-wise, the drive is officially rated at up to 6,300MB/s and 6,000MB/s for Sequential Read and Writes respectively but there is no mention of random performance in the spec sheet for the drive we’ve seen.

According to Gigabyte’s motherboard compatibility list for the drive, it can be installed on Intel X299, Z390, Z490 and AMD TRX40, and X570 motherboards.

Power consumption is stated as up to 19W active for both reads and writes with a 7.5W figure when the drive is idle. The official endurance figures for the drive are 700TBW for each of the four SSD’s and Gigabyte backs the drive with a 5-year limited warranty.

Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 2TB.
  • NAND Components:  3D TLC NAND.
  • NAND Controller: Phison E12.
  • RAID Controller: Marvell 88NR2241-BWW2.
  • Interface: PCIe Gen3.0 x8. NVMe 1.3.
  • Cooling: Active (5cm fan) / passive.
  • Form Factor: HHHL (Half-Height, Half-Length) AIC (Add-in-card).
  • Dimensions: 278.59 x 120.04 x 19.80mm.

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