One of the biggest features of AMD’s expensive X570 motherboards is PCI-Express 4.0, especially when it comes to storage. Typically the fastest PCI-Express 3.0 NVMe drives averaged around 3500 MB/s, but with PCI-Express 4.0 you are going to get around 5000 MB/s or 5GB/s! That is a massive increase in speed and in a world where time is money and no one wants to wait for that transfer or game to load the extra cost for that speed is worth it. Today we are going to be taking a look at one of the first PCI-Express 4.0 NVMe drives and it comes from AORUS. The drive makes use of the Phison PS5016-E16 PCI-Express 4.0 x4 controller, Toshiba BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND, and a DDR4 cache chip from SK Hynix.
Special thanks to AORUS for providing us with their NVMe Gen4 SSD to review!
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCI-Express 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
Total Capacity: 1000GB*
Sequential Read Speed: up to 5000 MB/s**
Sequential Write speed: up to 4400 MB/s**
– Wear Leveling, Over-Provision technologies
– TRIM & S.M.A.R.T supported
– Fully Body Copper Heat Spreader
Warranty: Limited 5-years
The AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD comes in pretty plain packaging. On the front there is simply an AORUS logo and it says “AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD.” Flipping over to the back there is a little bit of information on the drive.
Getting everything out of the box we have the AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD itself, the dual-sided copper heatsink, screws for the heatsink and a warranty guide.