Gigabyte Aorus 10000 SSD Review: Bold PCIe 5.0 SSD, If You Can Find It

Gigabyte’s take on the first wave of PCIe 5.0 SSDs

Gigabyte Aorus 10000 SSD
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Tom's Hardware Verdict

The Gigabyte Aorus 10000 is a good alternative for an early adopter PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD. It arrives with an optional, robust heatsink and is otherwise a solid entry. Performance is higher than the previous-generation 4.0 drives, but there’s more of this high speed on the way.


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    Fast sequential performance

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    Solid all-around performance

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    Nice included heatsink

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    DirectStorage optimization


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    Pricing remains uncertain

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    Performance leap over 4.0 is generally underwhelming

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    Poor power efficiency

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    Faster drives on the way

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The Gigabyte Aorus 10000 was one of the first PCie 5.0 NVMe SSDs to be announced, and today this speedy SSD has finally landed on our test bench. It stands apart with an included optional heatsink, which has aesthetic appeal. With performance that peaks at 10 GB/s of sequential throughput, this drive has plenty of horsepower for demanding workloads. 

Gigabyte traditionally markets its SSDs to OEMs, and the Aorus 10000 is difficult to find at the time of review. Since the drive comes bare with the optional heatsink included, this could be a good choice if you want to use your own cooling solution or run multiple drives. However, it is not recommended to operate the drive bare, so laptops are generally out of the target applications. Gigabyte also offers additional software support for this drive which helps gives it a leg up over products like the Inland TD510. The real question is pricing: The drive has been listed at $399.99 for the 2TB model, but we aren’t sure if that is official pricing —Gigabyte has yet to share details.


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Pricing N/A N/A
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Interface / ProtocolPCIe 5.0 x4PCIe 5.0 x4
ControllerPhison E26Phison E26
Flash Memory232-Layer Micron TLC232-Layer Micron TLC
Sequential Read9,500 MBps10,000 MBps
Sequential Write8,500 MBps9,500 MBps
Random ReadN/AN/A
Random WriteN/AN/A
Endurance (TBW)700TB1,400TB
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The Gigabyte Aorus 10000 is intended for sale at 1TB and 2TB. Performance can reach up to 10,000 / 9,500 MBps for sequential reads and writes with no official IOPS rating listed. The warranty is the standard 5-year with 700TB of writes per TB of drive capacity. The 10000 stands apart from other early PCIe 5.0 SSDs with its inclusion of a custom heatsink.

Software and Accessories

Besides including an optional heatsink, you can use your motherboard’s instead, Gigabyte also has a downloadable SSD toolbox. This application has basic functionality such as drive information, S.M.A.R.T., TRIM optimization, and secure erase. The drive is also supported in the Gigabyte Control Center. You can use free software like Clonezilla for cloning or imaging purposes.

A Closer Look

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The included heatsink is quite robust and matches the aesthetic of the drive, although the height might cause issues in some builds. The overall design is effective and not too ridiculous. Gigabyte includes the necessary screw. The bare drive can be used with your own heatsink or, more likely, the M.2 heatsink available on your motherboard. It should not be used in a laptop or PlayStation 5 in its bare state.

The Aorus 10000 has the standard E26 layout with the SSD controller, a single DRAM package, and two NAND packages per side for a total of four. This is a sufficient number of packages to mount 8TB of the expected flash. There is also space for a second DRAM package on the rear, although 4GB of volatile memory should be plenty even for 8TB of NAND.

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This uses the standard 4GB of SK hynix LPDDR4 and four packages of 512GB Micron 232-Layer TLC. Each package has four 1Tb, or 128GB, dies.


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Shane Downing
Freelance Reviewer

Shane Downing is a Freelance Reviewer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering consumer storage hardware.

  • kjfatl
    Where is the heat coming from? For example, is it 90% from the controller chip and 10% from the memory array? Is there a path for lower power PCIE5?
  • UWguy
    I really wish you’d start measuring the amount of heat coming from these drives. The heat sinks are downright scary.
  • JarredWaltonGPU
    UWguy said:
    I really wish you’d start measuring the amount of heat coming from these drives. The heat sinks are downright scary.
    We'll look into it, but you can tell by the power figures that this size of heatsink is overkill. We're talking peak power of <12W, and that's nowhere near the average power under load of 6.7W. It's not that hard to deal with 10W of power use. The Crucial T700 had a significantly smaller heatsink and was actually faster (thanks to faster NAND).
  • kjfatl
    Measuring the DC power in is probably sufficient unless the PCIE termination is super-power hungry.
  • Dr3ams
    I wouldn't even consider a M.2 that needs a heat sink that size.
  • g-unit1111
    That heat sink is completely ridiculous. How is that going to fit on any motherboard that has heat shields on it?
  • gg83
    That slogan "team up fight on". Lmfao! Excellent gamer speak.
  • Roland Of Gilead
    Have to agree with most others. These drives are hot. They seem to run very high temps over PCIe 4.

    I think the heatsink is gaudy, too big of a footprint.
  • waltc3
    What motherboard was it tested in? Nothing with a heatsink would work in my PCie4 Aorus Master--not enough clearance under my video card. Yes, those heatsinks are non-starters--too much heat, by far. My 980 Pro PCIe4 500GB NVMe SSD runs fine and cool enough at top, sustained PCIe4 speeds without a heatsink--whereas my PCIe3.0 960 EVO 250GB NVMe will not run sustained at PCIe3.0 speeds without throttling. (When the 960 EVO was my primary NVMe drive in the 0 position, I could not do an AV scan of C:\ without the drive failing to complete the scan. No problem with the 980 Pro in the 0 slot position, with the 960 moved down to the next NVMe slot. The 960 is fine for anything that isn't sustained operation.)
    I love the bend/warping the drive has.

    Makes me curious if there is thermal expansion and contraction at play which will affect the reliability.