Gigabyte’s Aorus 8TB PCIe SSD is all-you-can-eat storage

Fast storage drives are small. Big storage drives are slow. But you need a huge swath of fast, local storage. Gigabyte has an answer for you in the Aorus Gen4 AIC SSD 8TB PCIe add-in card. That is if you have a system that can handle it and a wallet that can take the abuse, at least.

The AIC 8TB is a monster. This add-in card housesĀ four 2TB NVMe SSDs that run on PCIe 4.0 x4. The drives work together Voltron-style as a single 8TB block of storage. Gigabyte says this thing can manage a throughput of 15,000 MB/s on both read and write. For comparison, a single in ideal conditions can achieve speeds of around 3,500 MB/s. A is closer to 550 MBps.

The card is thin, but it gets hot enough that Gigabyte has a copper heatsink on the card paired with a blower cooler. Gigabyte has also placed eight temperature sensors on the card that you can monitor with the Aorus Storage Manager software.

A certain kind of system

If you’re thinking about putting one into your system, though, there are two important things to be aware of. This is a PCIe 4.0 device, so you’ll need a motherboard that can support it. And while Gigabyte has a product page up for the SSD, that page doesn’t offer any pricing information. If we take a peek at the cost of a , though, we’re looking at an estimate thatĀ bottoms out at around $1300. The actual price could be much higher. If you’re dropping this kind of money, though, you’ll appreciate the 5-year warranty attached to the device. As with pricing, Gigabyte has not yet revealed a date for availability, either.

If you have the system that can handle this, though, the days of waiting for PC games to load would be all but a memory with this beast of a storage device. As long as you don’t need any RGB LEDs. The Aorus Gen4 AIC SSD 8TB is blissfully free of (or sorely lacking) any lighting.

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These “4×4” AICs are perfect for a setup like this: C: / E: where C: hosts the OS and E: is dedicated to data. Then, add a generous ramdisk, and at SHUTDOWN write the ramdisk to a ramdisk image file on E: . We’re about finished testing SoftPerfect ramdisk, which implements a “block” logic: at SHUTDOWN, it only writes a block to the ramdisk image file if the block has changed in the ramdisk. In our testing to date, this block logic makes a very big difference, especially after we enabled automatic SAVEs to the ramdisk image file every 15… Read more »

crystall
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crystall

I just pictured in my mind this robot with gigantic gumstick SSDs for arms and legs.

W W
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W W

I just don’t see the need much for <2,4 Tb main storage, even less for secondary storage. My HDD throws secondary storage tasks, (media, generally) up like a champ; an SSD for that is just overkill.
Still, Ill concede that somebody has a need for 10+ AAA game titles on their main storage, needing more than 2 or 4 TB of super quick storage… I just don't see that being a mainstream need…

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Also, are we talking Voltron RAID style, is that how nvme m.2 works? or do regular RAID rules apply?

Asgatoril
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Asgatoril

Are you sure about that PCIe 4.0 x4?
I can’t find anything about it on the linked article and with 4 PCIe lans you’d be capped at around 8Gb/s. 15Gb/s would at least need PCIe 4.0 x8. the connection also looks more like a x8 than a x4 to me…

Or are the 15Gb/s only between the buildin 4 NVMe SSDs?

Spunjji
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Spunjji

I think they were referring to the individual M.2 devices when they said PCIe 4.0 x4 – the card itself appears to use a x16 physical connection.

matliolec
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matliolec

it needs a true x16 interface. so if you have an intel with just 16 lanes to the cpu and a gpu plugged in and you have to run it thru ur chipset, well thats no good. it would work for something like a xeon or higher end amd’s with more then 32 lanes.. it just needs 16 but in most cases, you’d have to sacrifice the discrete gpu to have that ssd working at it’s potential.. let alone the fact that it’s gen4 and would saturate the interface..

anywho, its special.

Wirko
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Wirko

The amazon.com link redirects me across the pond, where the price is 448 pounds. Or you can have two Adatas for the price of one Samsung.
Also, 4TB NVMe SSDs exist, but it’s not clear if this card is going to be compatible with anything over 2TB.

Donnie
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Donnie

WHat “pond” are you referring to man? Are you talking about France? The US is superior to the UK.

Wirko
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Wirko

It’s British pounds. I’ve never seen Amazon redirect me to another country’s Amazon, and there was no warning or explanation. Here’s the unsuperior place:

Wirko
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Wirko

Bob
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Bob

Honestly, considering the amount of storage in that unit, that isn’t a terrible price. I’ve been looking at 2TB nvme ssds for a while and have a few in my system already. Yes, $1300 is more than buying 4x 2TB drives for $200-$300 a piece, but it is an all-in-one solution that doesn’t mean having to fuddle with getting beneath your video card, losing the tiny set screws, or just not having enough m.2 slots available on your motherboard.

crabjokeman
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crabjokeman

A tiny, whiny fan for storage? No way.

enixenigma
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enixenigma

No RGBLED, no buy!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Interesting product for productivity stuff, but massive overkill for the masses. The load times for mainstream/gaming stuff has been CPU-bound since the move to SATA SSD media.

The lost cat
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The lost cat

Well, NVME does help use less CPU so there is that. Though, one hardly needs this to get NVME of course.

ermo
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ermo

The load times for mainstream/gaming stuff has been CPU-bound since the move to SATA SSD media.

If that was true, load times with NVMe SSDs wouldn’t improve appreciably over SATA SSDs.

*duckduckgos the subject*

*sees that going from a SATA SSD to a NVMe SSD yields a load time difference of around 10% at most*

Huh. TIL.

chuckula
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chuckula

The drives work together Voltron-style as a single 8TB block of storage.

While that’s all well and good, it adds 1:03 to your bootup process.

But at least it’s a nostalgic 1:03.

Spoiler
I’LL FORM THE HEAD!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

When you need to transfer TiBs of data in a flash.

FORM BLAZING SWORD!

Al Bundy
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Al Bundy

well, sorta…considering you need another one of these take advantage of those transfer speeds.

Wirko
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Wirko

If all you need to do with data is to move it around fast then yes, sure.

chuckula
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chuckula

Finally a good single slot GPU just like the old days!

[reads story]

WTF!

juzz86
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juzz86

I half hoped the image was linked to the wrong story and we were getting a gorgeous single-slot 1660 Super or something ridiculous!

Anonymous Coward
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Yeah… I guess I’d need two of them, to mirror my data. Then I need 8TB of data.

James Dwyer
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build it and it will come

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