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GIGABYTE AORUS RGB M.2 NVMe SSD Review (Page 3)

By Chris Ramseyer from Apr 30, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Game Load Time

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The firmware and inclusion of a heat sink increased the game load performance slightly over the BPX Pro when it comes to loading game data. The GIGABYTE still doesn't have the same pep as the ADATA SX8200 Pro in the 256GB class, but it still delivers great performance.

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth

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The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses a wide range of applications to measure performance. The game load test in the previous section is a focused test, but this one covers most activities from users, like Microsoft Word and Adobe products.

The AORUS RGB M.2 performs well in this test even though it's not the overall winner in throughput.

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test

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The Extended Test uses the same workloads as the previous section, but starts running them in a loop after filling the drives with data to push them into steady state. This is where the powerful E12 controller stands out against the modern NVMe controllers that rely heavily on cache rather than pure processing performance. The AORUS works well as a workstation drive, and unlike many others in this price range, it also gives workstation users enough endurance to work well in this environment.

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests

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The system responsiveness test comes from BAPCo's SYSmark 2014 SE suite. This test measures the responsiveness or snappiness of your PC. BAPCo designed the suite to test across systems, but we repurposed it to test components and in this specific case, storage components.

Ideally, we want a score higher than 1000. That's the baseline measured on a similar system with an OEM variant of the Samsung 860 EVO. The 256GB AORUS RGB M.2 surpasses the 1000-point threshold we look for that gives us a nice user experience.

Notebook Battery Life

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The Notebook Battery Life test comes from BAPCo's MobileMark suite, the best available for measuring notebooks running on battery power. The test goes well beyond simply watching a video repeatedly or browsing the web.

Phison E12-based SSDs are not the best option for use in a notebook. We were lucky the AORUS RGB M.2 even fits in our awesome Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 gaming system. Most will not try to hide this SSD in a notebook, but we still like to run this test when possible.

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