GIGABYTE launches AORUS Gen5 12000 M.2 NVMe SSD series

Gigabyte has unveiled its latest flagship storage offering: the AORUS Gen5 12000 M.2 NVMe SSD series. Users can seamlessly integrate this device into the PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots of AMD’s X670 and B650 motherboards, interfacing directly with the processor through the PCIe 5.0 x4 channel. Indeed, if the Intel 700 series motherboards are equipped with the PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slots, users will also enjoy a heightened storage experience.

The AORUS Gen5 12000 M.2 NVMe SSD, with its M.2 2280 form factor, supports NVMe 2.0 and boasts Phison’s E26 controller chip. It is paired with a 232-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory and is equipped with LPDDR4 DRAM as a cache. The E26 controller, an 8-channel design manufactured using a 12nm process, leverages Phison’s exclusive CoXProcessor 2.0 architecture. Moreover, with support for features such as PCIe Dual Port, SR-IOV, and ZNS, it’s optimized to unleash the potential of Gigabyte’s new PCIe 5.0 SSDs, ensuring superior performance and enhanced stability.

Currently, the AORUS Gen5 12000 M.2 NVMe SSD offers a storage capacity of 2TB, consuming 11.5W of power, and is equipped with 4GB of LPDDR4 DRAM. It boasts a maximum sequential read speed of 12,400 MB/s and a write speed of up to 11,800 MB/s, with an MTBF of 1.6 million hours. Contrary to some manufacturers introducing active cooling modules on their PCIe 5.0 SSDs, the AORUS Gen5 12000 series maintains a fanless passive cooling solution, christened the “M.2 Thermal Guard Extreme”, to circumvent any potential noise disturbances in everyday use. Furthermore, through the GIGABYTE CONTROL CENTER (GCC) software’s SSD monitoring capabilities, users can obtain real-time insights into the SSD’s status.

The pricing and specific release date for this new product remain, as yet, undisclosed.