AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD
Taking a first look at the AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD, it is your typical M.2 solid state drive. It is the standard 80 mm long. This is a dual-sided drive, so you have chips on both side of the drive.
Powering this drive is the Phison PS5016-E16 controller, which is actually the world’s first PCIe 4.0×4 controller. This controller has enough compute power for ECC processing when adopting the latest 3D TLC NAND flash. It also features eight NAND channels with 32 CE targets, DDR4 DRAM caching, and a PCIe 4.0×4 interface. It also brings support for the NVMe 1.3 protocol, LDPC error correction, and wear leveling.
Moving on to the NAND, this drive makes use of 96 layer Toshiba BiCS4 with a throughput of 800MT/s. There are a total of 4 NAND chips on this drive (2 on the front, 2 on the back).
Finally you have the DDR4 cache, which you have two 1GB SK Hynix chips, giving you a total of 2GB of cache.
Taking a look at the heatsink, it has a two-piece design. This allows you to set the drive in the bottom piece and then place the larger piece of top. There is thermal tape of both sides to ensure you won’t damage your drive during installation. This is definitely the beefiest M.2 heatsink that we’ve seen! AORUS tells us that there is 70 gram of copper there total!