Aorus Gen4 7000s SSD 2TB

Considering the current state of the world, we’ve been pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to review high end components in 2021. The Aorus Gen4 7000s NVMe that Gigabyte sent over for us to review is by no means an exception. Based off the same Phison PS5018-E18 Flash Controller we recently saw on the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, the 2TB Aorus 7000s claims incredible Sequential Read speeds of up to 7000 MB/s and write of 6850 MB/s. AORUS also sells a 1TB version with 7000 MB/s and 5500 MB/s read and write. The Aorus 7000s features 2GB DDR4 Cache, with a 1400 TB Write cycles backed by a Limited 5-Year warranty.

The 2TB Aorus 7000s NVMe features a stylish dark grey and black heatsink and comes in a standard 2280 M.2 form factor. For users who wish to use the NVMe in an external enclosure or utilize it with a different heatsink, the drive can easily be removed from the heatsink via 4 small conveniently placed screws with 2 on either side of the housing. To test the Aorus 7000s we used an open PCIe 4.0 NVMe slot on our Z590 Aorus Pro AX motherboard, combined with an Intel Core i9-11900K and 32GB Aorus RGB DDR4-3733 MHz RAM.

First up in CrystalDiskMark we tested the sequential read and write speeds of the Aorus 7000s and compared it to the previous Sabrent Rocket and 4 Plus that we recently reviewed. The Aorus was able to achieve a sequential Read of 6872.88 MB/s and write of 6645.40 MB/s, which made it the fastest write we have tested of any NVMe to date. The Sabrent Rocket achieved lower speeds in both read and write, while the Rocket 4 Plus was able to just barely beat the Aorus in read by 29 MB/s . Using CrystalDiskMark’s “Real World” benchmark we were able to get a consistent read of 3560.53 MB/s and write of 5616.19 MB/s. These results proved to be really exceptional as the Aorus achieved a 13% gain in real world read speeds over the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, who’s theoretical sequential read speed appeared to be higher at first. The write was also impressive as it was 9% faster than what was seen on the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, and 34% faster than the standard Rocket, both of which are also PCIe 4.0 NVMes.

For further real world testing of the Aorus 7000s we ran the WPCstorage Workload in the SPECworkstation v3 Benchmark and gathered the results of the 7-Zip and Handbreak tests. In the 7-Zip test, which shows us how well the NVMe performs when running compression, the Aorus acheived a Read of 3887.12 MB/s and write of 163.99 MB/s. While this write speed might sound miniscule compared to its standard transfer speeds, this taking into account that the files are being processed by the CPU and compressed into an archive. The Aorus outperformed the Sabrent Rocket by 23% in read and 22% in write, as well as beating the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus by 4% in both read and write. Keeping in mind that compression could take hours depending on the size of your targeted files, these improvements could shave off minutes in a standard workflow where compression is used on a regular basis. In Handbreak, which tests the video transcoding, the Aorus was able to get 621.30 MB/s read and 234.40 MB/s write. These speeds were significantly faster than both Sabrent NVMe drives as it beat the Rocket 32% read and write, as well as slaughtering the similarly specced Rocket 4 Plus by 47% in read and write. It was unclear why the Rocket 4 Plus performed worse in transcoding than it’s “cheaper” brother, but we confirmed these results after numerous re-runs. Clearly the Aorus 7000s would be a perfect match for any user who uses video transcoding on a regular basis.

To differentiate themselves from other storage solutions, Gigabyte includes a “SSD Tool Box” for the Aorus 7000s which can be downloaded on their website. The Software scans and automatically detects any Aorus NVME drives in your system and shows the hardware health information at a glance. In the “S.M.A.R.T” tab you’re able to find more detailed information such as the amount of Power Cycles and Hours the drive has been used for as well as total read and write values over the drives lifetime. Something that’s great to include in the software is the “Secure Erase” function that allows you to format the drive by writing a complete blank and ensuring that no data is left behind like in the case of a quick format.

To sum up the 2TB Aorus Gen4 7000s SSD, it’s quite simply the fastest SSD we have ever laid our eyes on, but with this great power comes an even greater price tag. The 2TB model can be picked up locally for a whopping R7949.00, while the 1TB model is available for R3949.00. While neither of the above are what anyone could call affordable, it still comes in cheaper than more mainstream brands such as Samsung, Corsair and Western Digital which would set you back an extra R500 to R1000 depending on the capacity. If you’re like me and you just need a drive to hold your latest games and updates then you’d probably be better off just picking up a PCIe 3.0 NVMe, but if you’re in the market for the fastest drive that money can buy, you wouldn’t go wrong picking up one of these bad boys.

9/10

AORUS Gen4 7000s SSD 2TB

A high priced, but extremely high performing PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD