Gigabyte Releases To Market The Aorus RGB AIC NVMe SSD
What’s a custom built gaming system these days without RGB lighting, you most certainly will find them pre-installed in some PC cases, but now they're making its way onto memory modules and cooling apparatuses. This trend is now seeing itself on storage devices. Proof of such claim is what you have with Gigabyte latest SSD. Announced at CES 2019, Gigabyte's Aurora RGB AIC NVMe SSD is now primed and ready for consumer purchase. It made its official debut on the company's website available in two storage variants, 512GB and 1TB.
Aside from the added RGB lighting, the internal specs of this hard drive are what matters the most, and I must say its very impressive. It is an NVMe 1.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 add-in card Toshiba's 3D TLC BiCS3 NAND flash backed with a Phision SSD controller ( with its own dedicated DRAM cache). With the 512TB SKU, Gigabyte post a sequential read and write speed of up to 3480 MB/sec and 2100 MB/sec respectively. The 1TB version has similarly listed read speeds, but write speeds is boosted up to 3080 MB/sec.
Random read/write IOPS are listed at 360K and 510K respectively for the 512GB SKU, while the 1TB SKU post a 610K and 530K respectively.
Interestingly enough, Gigabyte has integrated within the Aorus RGB AIC NVMe SSD an AES 256-bit hardware encryption right along with TRIM and S.M.A.R.T support, backed with a limited 5-year warranty.
But the focal feature with this SSD is the design and customization. Directly between the two heat spreaders are what Gigabyte calls an Aorus Light Diffuser, this provides a synchronized RGB lighting effect that will match any supported motherboard, graphics card, and other internal components. RGB Fusion 2.0 makes it all possible to support six lighting modes that include static, pulse, flash, wave, dual flash and color cycle.
Gigabyte also adds SSD Tool Box; this allows users to monitor SSD core temperature, current firmware; you can also fully optimize the drive directly from the utility app. As far as a when the storage drive will be available to consumers and pricing, Gigabyte hasn't confirmed a launch date.