Gigabyte just unveiled a new “Aorus RAID SSD 2TB” M.2 AIC adapter that comes with 4 built-in SSDs preconfigured in RAID 0 and also integrates advanced thermal cooling solution. Featuring outstanding read/write sequential speeds of 6,300/6,000 MB/s on PCIe 3.0 NVMe interface, Aorus RAID SSD 2TB is even faster than what PCIe 4 SSDs can offer. As of now, this is one of the fastest 2TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe storage devices in the market.
In order to gain ultra-fast speeds, Gigabyte Aorus RAID SSD 2TB AIC makes use of NVMe 1.3, PCIe 3.0 x8 interface that incorporates four 512GB PCIe 3.0 x2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. While most of the PCIe SSDs use 4 lanes, this 2TB storage device utilizes 8 PCIe 3 lanes to offer enough throughput to defeat even PCIe 4.0 drives.
All of the SSDs are based on the Phison E12 controller that uses 3D TLC NAND Flash technology. Additionally, each of the SSDs support 512MB of DDR cache memory. Individually, these SSDs do not excite much, but since they are all together configured in RAID 0, the performance result is extraordinary with blazing fast sequential read and write speeds.
No matter how fast a storage drive is, when thermal throttling occurs, it not only destroys the performance, but also the lifespan of the device. To keep the temperatures under control, the latest Gigabyte AORUS RAID SSD 2TB comes with a high-grade active internal cooling system. Thanks to the 9 built-in sensors that let you precisely monitor the thermal status of individual SSDs via AORUS Store Manager. Furthermore, this application provides the ability to switch between three fan operating modes for efficient heat dissipation.
In some scenarios, you might not prefer the blazing fast speeds over reliability. In those cases, you can easily switch from a RAID 0 configuration to either RAID 1 or RAID 10 for a perfect balance between performance and data reliability.
In terms of compatibility, this Aorus RAID 2TB SSD supports latest Intel and AMD motherboard platforms consisting of:
As of now, there is no word on the pricing of this drive. According to Gigabyte, this 2TB RAID SSD adapter will cost less than PCIe 4.0 SSDs with the same capacity.
Gigabyte AORUS RAID SSD 2TB Adapter Specifications
|No. of SSDs||4|
|Individual SSD Capacity||512Gb|
|Interface (AIC Card)||M.2, PCIe 3.0 x8, NVMe 1.3|
|Interface (Built-in SSDs)||M.2, PCIe 3.0 x2, NVMe 1.3|
|External DDR Cache||512MB/SSD|
|Max. Sequential Read||6,300MB/s|
|Max. Sequential Write||6,000MB/s|
|RAID (preconfigured)||RAID 0|
|Additional RAID Options||RAID 1, RAID 10|
|Power Consumption (Active)||19W|
|Power Consumption (Idle)||7.5W|
|OS Installation Support||Included|
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