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The Next Generation Of SSDs – Aorus 7000s

What’s up everybody, welcome to we do tech. With intel finally joining in on PCIe 4 we wanted to have a look at one of the fastest SSDs available on the market right now, being a GEN 4 PCIe 4 SSD the Aorus PCIe 4 7000s can run at speeds up to 7000MB/s reads and 5500MB/s reads.

Price

But those speeds don’t come without a price though as this 1TB version we have here retails for around $210 and $390 for the 2TB version. No prices available for SA as of yet.  But compared to some of the other PCIe 4 GEN 4 SSDs available it’s actually priced well, considering you get the heatsink included. 

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Design

Which brings us to the next part of the review, the design of the 7000s, now I actually like this new look of SSDs with the bulky heatsinks on them, especially this 7000s, the black and silver accents with the grooves on the heatsink makes it look really bad ass. The heatsink is about 7mm thick, but Gigabyte says it will be fine for all slots including the one under the GPU.  But the heatsinks purpose is cooling down the SSD, so it’s designed with passive cooling to maximize surface area for heat dissipation with advanced thermal technology and Nanocarbon coating, helping out with the cooling is high conductivity thermal pads on dual sides.

Now compared with a regular heat spreader, the new high efficient heat spreader improves thermal dissipation to extend 46% more running times, at high speed. In addition, compared to the one without heatsink, AORUS 7000s Gen4 SSD runs 5 times longer at 7GB/s.

Temperature

With our temp test we got a max of 75 degrees Celsius, but that’s with us really pushing the SSD to its limits for about 30 minutes. So really not bad considering this was on the open test bench with no airflow cooling it down. Just watch out not to touch the heatsink though it gets really hot and can probably give you a blister, but that just shows that the heatsink does a really good job of extracting heat from the SSD.

Specs

Now as for the specs and what’s underneath the heatsink, the 7000s has a  2nd generation PCIe 4.0 controller, the PS5018-E18 that delivers sequential read/write up to 7GB/s with 3D TLC NAND Flash. Then the E18 controller is built with the advanced 12nm process ensuring sufficient computing power. Also it supports up to 8 NAND Flash channels with 32CE, DDR4 SLC caching and meets NVMe 1.4.

Benchmark

But how does the 7000s perform, so for our test system we used the i9 11900K, aorus z590 master motherboard and 32GB of memory running at 4000MHz.

Sequentials

For our sequential tests we saw some speeds slightly over the claimed speeds as well, but it’s obvious that the 7000s was hands down the fastest SSD we have tested. By quite a large margin that is as well.

Randoms

With random tests we usually see SSDs start slowing down and that was the same for the 7000s, but it still held its gap between all the other SSDs. The only other SSD that came close was the first GEN Aorus PCIe 4. So it seems that Aorus is doing something when it comes to random tests. 

Copy Test

We also did a copy test for a 38GB steam file and a 113GB steam file. The test we conducted was copying the file from the 7000s to another PCIe 4 SSD, copying that same file back to the 7000s and then duplicating the file on the SSD itself. 

So firstly the 38GB file to copy to the 7000s took 20 seconds, copying from it took 49 seconds and duplicating took only 18 seconds. 

Then for the 113GB file it took 49 seconds copying to the 7000s, 108 seconds copying from it and 63 to duplicate the file on the 7000s. 

We also tested PCmark 10’s SSD benchmark on the 7000s and it scored 4208, compared to our previous top gun the Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4 scored 3981. 

So with the benchmarks done we can see that the new GEN of SSDs has jumped quite a lot in performance, but where do we actually use these speeds. Gaming won’t utilize these insane speeds, the only reason we can see that will use these insane speeds is for content creation. Having RAW footage that runs at insanely high bitrates. It’s good that we are getting these super fast storage solutions but other hardware cant keep up anymore.

Conclusion

But with something like DirectStorage from intel maybe coming in the near future, faster NVMe storage will definitely become a huge advantage for gaming. So maybe future proofing with a fast NVMe drive is a very good idea. 

As we will have the need for faster storage in the near future. And now that you can mine a crypto currency called Chia, SSDs might even become as scarce as GPUs soon, so maybe getting one of these bad boys before they become unicorns as well isn’t such a bad idea.

Now for the conclusion, the Aorus is an extremely fast well priced SSD, great for future proofing your gaming rig or if you work with very high quality content like RAW video footage or very large photo files. For gaming the advantages are not that much as of yet, but if DirectStorage becomes available things will change drastically and finally having faster storage will actually become useful for gaming as well.

As this is our very first GEN 4 SSD to test we will have to wait and see how it performs against some other GEN 4 SSDs, but for now we really are impressed with the Aorus 7000s and is a very welcomed addition in the studio for our main editing drive combined with the 11900K.

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Written by Ruan Bronkhorst

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