When it comes to gaming peripherals these days, the mantra seems to be “RGB All The Things,” and that’s exactly the case with Gigabyte’s latest SSDs. First announced at CES 2019, Gigabyte’s Aorus RGB AIC NVMe SSDs have officially debuted on the company’s website and are available in 512GB and 1TB sizes.
At the heart of these NVME 1.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 add-in cards is Toshiba 3D TLC BiCS3 NAND flash that is backed by a Phision SSD controller (with its own dedicated DRAM cache). For the 512TB SKU, Gigabyte is quoting sequential read and write speeds of up to 3480 MB/sec and 2100 MB/sec respectively. The 1TB has the same listed read speeds, but sees its write speeds bumped up to a more substantial 3080 MB/sec.
Random read/write IOPS are listed at 360K and 510K respectively for the 512GB SKU, while the 1TB SKU boosts those figures to 610K and 530K respectively.
Gigabyte has infused the Aorus RGB AIC NVMe SSDs with AES 256-bit hardware encryption along with TRIM and S.M.A.R.T support (as you might expect), and backs them with a limited 5-year warranty.
However, the most eye-catching aspect of the SSDs is no doubt their focus on design and customization. Sandwiched between the two heat spreaders is what Gigabyte calls an Aorus Light Diffuser, which provides synchronized RGB lighting effects to match your supported motherboard, graphics card and other components. Thanks to RGB Fusion 2.0, there are six lighting modes supported including static, pulse, flash, wave, double flash and color cycle.
Also along for the ride is the SSD Tool Box, which allows you to monitor SSD vitals like temperature, current firmware version; you can also optimize the drive directly from the utility.
At this time, pricing and availability hasn’t been announced for the Aorus RGB AIC NVMe SSD family.