Aorus RGB M.2 NVMe SSD

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As the name implies, Gigabyte’s Aorus RGB NVMe M.2 SSD is a drive with added bling in the form of RGB LEDs. It’s not the first RGB-equipped SSD, but it is quite possibly the fastest option so far (2019). It also comes with a heatsink. In addition to this M.2 variant, Gigabyte also offers the drive as a PCIe add-in card. Both use the same controller and NAND.

Overview: Memory Type, Controller and Cache

Like many other high-end M.2 drives on the market today, the Aorus RGB SSD uses 64-layer 3D TLC (triple-level cell) NAND, in this case from Toshiba. The drive’s Phison E12 controller is also shared with other similar SSDs on the market, such as Patriot’s Viper VPN100 and the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro).

Since TLC memory is not particularly fast in itself, the Gigabyte Aorus uses an 8 GB (512 GB) SLC-mode cache to speed up transfers. The drive also has a DDR4 DRAM buffer.

Aorus RGB SSD Performance

Aorus RGB SSD Specifications256 GB512 GB
ControllerPhison E12Phison E12
NAND Flash typeToshiba 64-layer 3D TLCToshiba 64-layer 3D TLC
Form Factor (Interface)M.2 2280 (PCIe 3 x4 NVMe 1.3)M.2 2280 (PCIe 3 x4 NVMe 1.3)
Sequential Read (max)3,100 MB/s3,480 MB/s
Sequential Write (max)1,050 MB/s2,000 MB/s
Random Read180K IOPS360K IOPS
Random Write240K IOPS440K IOPS
Warranty5 years5 years
Write Endurance, TBW (DWPD)380 TBW 800 TBW

The Aorus drive is only available in two capacities: 256 GB and 512 GB. And like all SSDs except for the Intel Optane lineup, higher capacities offer better performance due to improved use of parallelization. This difference is particularly noticeable when comparing small capacities, which is the case here.

It’s possible that the included heatsink makes the Auros drive less sensitive to thermal throttling compared to other high-end M.2 SSDs without a heatsink. As of late 2019, Gigabyte also offers a class-leading PCIe 4.0 SSD with the Aorus branding.

Power Consumption (Laptop Suitability)

Idle power consumption is 272mW according to the manufacturer. The average read power consumption is 5485mW, while write power draw is 4085mW. Due to the RGB feature and the attached heatsink, the Aorus is not intended for laptop use.

Warranty and Endurance Rating

Gigabyte offers a 5-year limited warranty, which is the most common limitation for high-end SSDs. The terabytes written (TBW) ratings are above average for the respective capacities.

Expert Reviews


Gigabyte’s AORUS RGB brings high-end performance, tons of write endurance, and a 5-year warranty all wrapped in a stylish heatsink and RGB lighting, making it a great buy for enthusiasts and casual users alike.


The performance difference between the 256GB and 512GB drives is night and day with the 512GB seeing a significant performance increase.

Additional information

Specification: Aorus RGB M.2 NVMe SSD

EAN List EAN List Element: 0889523015919
Item Dimensions Height: 118, Length: 315, Weight: 0.1, Width: 512
Package Dimensions Height: 91, Length: 543, Weight: 27, Width: 114
Title Gigabyte AORUS RGB NVMe M.2 512GB High Performance Gaming, Integrated Heatsink, Toshiba 3D NAND, DDR Cache Buffer, 5 Year Warranty SSD GP-ASM2NE2512GTTDR
UPC List UPC List Element: 889523015919
Warranty 5

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