Gigabyte AORUS M.2 NVMe Gen4 SSD / 1TB

Performance

I choose to compare the following SSD’s:

  • Aorus SSD
  • Seagate FireCuda 520
  • Western Digital Black SN700
  • Corsair MP510
  • Samsung 850 EVO

The review-system had these components in it:

  • Ryzen 3800X
  • ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) (PCIe 4.0)
  • 32 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Black (4x8GB)
  • ASUS RTX2080

CrystalDiskmark 7

Let’s start with the test that let’s the drives show their max speed: sequential read and write.

When the Gen4-SSD’s (Aorus and FireCuda 520) get to stretch their virtual legs they easily perform much better than the Gen 3-drives.

As I move to the more demanding tests with random read/writes the results change a bit. The Seagate FireCuda 520 performs better than the Aorus in the RDN 32 Que-depth/16 threads-test. In fact, the Aorus barely manages to beat the Corsair MP510. In the very punishing (and not that relevant) RND 1 Que-depth/1 thread-test all drives except the regular Samsung SSD perform similarly.

PCMark 10

PCMark10 comes with a storage benchmark that tests the drive in a more “real-world” way. The Gigabyte Aorus Gen 4 SSD manages just to beat out the Corsair MP510 (around 8% faster) but again looses out to the Seagate FireCuda 520. This makes me wonder how it stacks up against the newer Corsair MP600 Gen4 SSD.

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