While M.2 form factor SSD is getting more common and affordable nowadays, there will always be users who demanded more when it comes to high-speed storage. Add-in-card form factor SSD is one of the many solutions for this group of users, and the Gigabyte AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 1TB we have here is one of the fastest NVMe SSD in this form actor that available in the market.
|PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
|PCI Express Card
|512GB / 1TB
|3D TLC Toshiba BiCS3
|External DDR Cache
|Sequential Read Speed
|Up to 3480 MB/s
|Sequential Write Speed
|Up to 3080 MB/s
|Random Read IOPS
|Up to 610K
|Random Write IOPS
|Up to 530K
|Meantime between failure (MTBF)
|1.8 million hours
|Power Consumption (Active)
|Average: R: 6.2W : 5.9W
|Power Consumption (Idle)
|0°C to 70°C
|-40°C to 85°C
Unlike most of the AORUS lineup products we’ve seen to date, the AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD comes with a rather simple and clean design for its packaging – this gives it a premium feel as compared to the rest. The reflective ChromaFlair AORUS logo and the name of the product itself is the only thing you’ll find at the front of the box. At the back of the box, you’ll find the specifications of the SSD in different languages and a QR code that links you to the product page.
Upon removing to box cover, you’ll find the AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD sits tightly in the middle of a piece of thick foam. Since the installation is pretty straight forward, AORUS didn’t include any additional documents or accessories together with the SSD.
Just so you know, the AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD isn’t just an expansion card with an M.2 NVMe installed on it. The NAND flash chips, controller and relevant components are soldered directly to the PCB.
Here’s a closer look at the key components of the SSD – the Phison PS5012-E12 controller, 3D TLC Toshiba BiCS3 NAND flash and 1024MB worth of SK Hynix DDR4 memory for DRAM caching.
Just like most of the AORUS product lineup, you’ll find the RGB lighting section at the side of the SSD. The RGB lighting effects can be controlled with Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0 software, or simply turned off if you prefer to have a clean and simple system without RGB lightings.
The AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD also comes with a metal backplate, so you can pretty much expect the amount of enforcement to the PCB.
Test System Setup
|Intel Core i7 8700K @5GHz
|ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
|G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB @3200MHz
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G
|Enermax MaxTytan 1250W
|Gigabyte UD PRO 512GB SATA SSD
|WD Black 6TB
|Raijintek Orcus 240
|Cooler Master Test Bench V1
|Windows 10 64bit
Developed by a Japanese coder that goes by the nickname Hiyohiyo, CrystalDiskMark is one of the most frequent used SSD Benchmark utility to measure SSD’s read and write performance.
AS SSD Benchmark
Widely used SSD benchmarking utility that uses incompressible data to simulate the worst possible scenario for an SSD and thus giving a much lower sequential read and write speed result than what has been stated by the manufacturer as result of the heavy workload.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The most frequently used benchmarking utility by many manufacturers for performance specification. As ATTO Disk Benchmark uses compressible data rather than incompressible data, it results in higher benchmark scores.
File Transfer Speed Test
For this test, we’re using a collection of test data which consists of large and small files total up to 30GB, both compressible and incompressible.
The read and write performance is pretty consistent for both freshly installed drive and filled above 80% of its maximum capacity. On our synthetic benchmark test, the performance remains pretty consistent at 3400 MB/s read and 3050 MB/s write. On the actual file transfer performance however, we’re getting around 1800 MB/s read and 1900 MB/s write average with our 30GB over test data.
For a high-performance SSD, its cooling solution could actually use more surface for even better cooling performance even though the recorded temperature during heavy read and write operations is just around 61~63°C. While the design is entirely up to AORUS to decide, but we would recommend adding more surface to the heatsink will definitely help to dissipate heat faster.
That aside, if speed is your utmost priority when it comes to a high-speed storage device, the AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 1TB will definitely not disappoint you. It’s 3480 MB/s sequential read and 3080 MB/s sequential write speed makes it one of the fastest NVMe SSD around, as long your motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and NVMe 1.3 protocol in order to reach the advertised speed.
The AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD comes in two different capacities of 512GB and 1TB at the price of RM 699 and RM 1090 respectively. The price might be slightly on the higher side, but if you’re looking for the balance point between price, performance, and aesthetics, the AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD is a pretty reasonable choice to consider.
- Solid and premium build quality
- Easy to install
- Comes with 1024MB DRAM cache
- High sequential read and write speed
- The heatsink is a little sharp on the edge
- Temperature can be lower with more surface on the heatsink