The Aorus Gen4 7000s has some tough competition. . We are comparing it against Samsung’s 980 Pro, WD’s Black SN850, and the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus as well as the Patriot Viper VP4300. For some cheaper competition, we included a Silicon Power US70, Adata XPG Gammix S50 Lite, and Crucial P5.
Game Scene Loading - Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers is a free real-world game benchmark that easily and accurately compares game load times without the inaccuracy of using a stopwatch.
Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000s scores top marks in this game load test, surpassing even that of Adata's XPG Gammix S50 Lite. At a total time of 9.23 seconds, it outpaces Samsung’s 980 Pro and WD’s SN850 by roughly 7 percent.
Transfer Rates – DiskBench
We use the DiskBench storage benchmarking tool to test file transfer performance with a custom dataset. We copy a 50GB dataset including 31,227 files of various types, like pictures, PDFs, and videos to a new folder and then follow up with a reading test of a newly-written 6.5GB zip file.
In copying the dataset, the Aorus Gen4 7000s scored very fast results. Not only did it manage to copy it nearly as fast as the Samsung 980 Pro, but it also read back the large zip file over 100MBps faster, scoring first place in the read test on top.
Trace Testing – PCMark 10 Storage Test
PCMark 10 is a trace-based benchmark that uses a wide-ranging set of real-world traces from popular applications and everyday tasks to measure the performance of storage devices. The quick benchmark is more relatable to those who use their PCs for leisure or basic office work, while the full benchmark relates more to power users.
When benchmarked in PCMark 10, the Gigabyte Aorus delivered respectable scores, outperforming the Patriot Viper VP4300 and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus in the Full System Drive benchmark, but it trailed both the Samsung and WD.
Synthetic Testing - ATTO / iometer
iometer is an advanced and highly-configurable storage benchmarking tool while ATTO is a simple and free application that SSD vendors commonly use to assign sequential performance specifications to their products. Both of these tools give us insight into how the device handles different file sizes.
Sequential read/write performance is very good across all block sizes based on the Arous Gen4 7000s ATTO results. At a QD of 1 and 1MB block size, the Gen4 7000s reads much faster than the InnoGrit-powered Viper VP4300, but lags behind the Samsung and WD. When writing, however, it scores top marks, writing at roughly 5,850 MBps. In terms of its random responsiveness, the Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s is just as fast as the Rocket 4 Plus, but not quite up to snuff when compared to the Samsung, WD, or even the Adata at a QD of 1.
Sustained Write Performance and Cache Recovery
Official write specifications are only part of the performance picture. Most SSDs implement a write cache, which is a fast area of (usually) pseudo-SLC programmed flash that absorbs incoming data. Sustained write speeds can suffer tremendously once the workload spills outside of the cache and into the "native" TLC or QLC flash.
We use iometer to hammer the SSD with sequential writes for 15 minutes to measure both the size of the write cache and performance after the cache is saturated. We also monitor cache recovery via multiple idle rounds.
Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000s is one of the fastest filling SSD’s we’ve had our hands-on. While it doesn’t show a full disk dynamic cache, its seemingly more conservative behavior enables fast performance. When tested, the SSD wrote 464GB of data at a speed of 6.9 GBps before degrading to 1.8GBps for another 1.18TB before again degrading to a final 1,150 MBps average for the remainder of the test. SLC cache recovers at a rate of roughly 88GB per 5 minutes.
Power Consumption and Temperature
We use the Quarch HD Programmable Power Module to gain a deeper understanding of power characteristics. Idle power consumption is an important aspect to consider, especially if you're looking for a laptop upgrade. Some SSDs can consume watts of power at idle while better-suited ones sip just milliwatts.
Average workload power consumption and max consumption are two other aspects of power consumption, but performance-per-watt is more important. A drive might consume more power during any given workload, but accomplishing a task faster allows the drive to drop into an idle state more quickly, ultimately saving energy.
We also monitor the drive’s temperature via the S.M.A.R.T. data and an IR thermometer to see when (or if) thermal throttling kicks in and how it impacts performance. Bear in mind that results will vary based on the workload and ambient air temperature.
Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000s runs more efficiently than the Rocket 4 Plus, but trails the Samsung, WD, and Patriot Viper’s scores due to it gulping down the most power on average, with peak power consumption pegging 8.5 watts. At idle, power consumption is well regulated at 800mW, second-lowest to the Samsung 980 Pro.
At idle the SSD measures 40C with no airflow and operating as our operating system drive. After filling the Aorus Gen4 7000s to half its capacity, the surface temperature measured 78C with no thermal throttling taking place.
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