The GIGABYTE Aorus RGB M.2 SSD Review: Nothing Is Too Small For RGB LEDsby Billy Tallis on April 10, 2019 8:00 AM EST
AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
Our Heavy storage benchmark is proportionally more write-heavy than The Destroyer, but much shorter overall. The total writes in the Heavy test aren't enough to fill the drive, so performance never drops down to steady state. This test is far more representative of a power user's day to day usage, and is heavily influenced by the drive's peak performance. The Heavy workload test details can be found here. This test is run twice, once on a freshly erased drive and once after filling the drive with sequential writes.
The GIGABYTE Aorus RGB SSDs face tougher competition on the Heavy test than they did on The Destroyer, since the ADATA SX8200 doesn't suffer so badly on this shorter test and instead takes the lead with the highest average data rates. The Aorus is still slightly ahead of the SX8200 and most other competitors when the Heavy test is run on a full drive.
The average and 99th percentile latency scores for the Aorus SSDs are very good for their respective capacity classes, but also make it quite clear that 1TB drives can offer significantly higher and more consistent performance than the smaller models.
The ADATA SX8200 drives offer the best average read latency on the Heavy test, followed by the Samsung drives, but the Aorus SSDs are not far behind. The Aorus SSDs also have better full-drive performance than some of the drives that perform better on the easier empty-drive test runs. For average write latency, the 512GB Aorus ranks just below the 1TB Phison E12 drive from Silicon Power, but there's a pretty big gap between those capacity classes. The smaller 256GB Aorus is not quite a class-leading performer, since the SX8200 has lower write latency for the empty drive test run, and the Samsung 970 EVO Plus has better full-drive performance.
The 99the percentile read and write scores for the Aorus SSDs are overshadowed by the performance of the ADATA SX8200, though the scores from the full-drive test runs put the Aorus ahead.
The energy usage of the Aorus SSDs on the Heavy test again ranks as relatively low among NVMe SSDs (especially the high-end segment), but the ADATA SX8200 and other competitors aren't far behind this time.
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austinsguitar - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkconclusion: its actually pretty good.
Flunk - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkAt this point I think I'd pay a bit extra to NOT have non-functional LEDs on my computer hardware.
FreckledTrout - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkI like the idea of LED's but hate the cute way most get implemented. Vendors could make them all functional with a little effort. Change colors due to CPU temps, backlight ports and even change color on said back light when something gets plugged in. Color code audio ports with light. Im sure Im missing some. I actually don't mind being able to see into my case to check for dust bunnies or make sure fans are spinning without opening the case up.
CheapSushi - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkOr allow them to be Activity LEDs. :( None of the software implementations seem to allow this.
CheapSushi - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkYou have practically hundreds of SSD choices. Stop whining.
Thud2 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkSorry, a bit off topic but seems the perfect place to ask. What is that below the eagles head? An arm? A huge jaw?
Hxx - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkgood question. All i can tell u is that its derived from Horus (ancient Egypt). I know bc Gigabyte mentioned it in one of their early vidz. As far as what that thing is, likely a jaw resembling letter G, i dont believe its in arm.
andychow - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkThe eagle is shaking his fist. Aorus (Horus) is a man with an eagle head, that's why he has arms and not wings. And he's shaking his fist because he's a bad-ass.
philehidiot - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkYeh what Andychow said. Horus with the fist and bicep. He's such a badass that he's now stopped battling Set but is sponsoring SSDs instead. Because.... badass.
Duwelon - Thursday, April 11, 2019 - linkAn arm. Specifically,. a well-toned right arm, ready to go. Does Gigabyte know the types of people that want RBG on their M.2 drives or what?