The GIGABYTE Aorus Xtreme AIC SSD puts eight Gen.2 7000s m.2 drives into a single GPU-like bay. Features include dual cooling fans, an aluminum heatsink and a base plate for heat dissipation. There is no information yet on pricing or availability, but storage is expected at the time of sale.
With an AORUS Xtreme AIC SSD, GIGABYTE plans to offer the maximum bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0 with a maximum transfer rate of 28 GB/s while providing concurrent storage. Given that GIGABYTE provides some kind of cooling experience with an internal drive cooling solution, the drive's performance should also be uniform.
These cooling measures make the SSD look like a GPU. The two-slot form factor motor has a baffle drain plate and two intake fans for cooling the aluminum finned heatsink, adjacent to the m.2 base plate for passive cooling.
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There are also 10 temperature sensors on the drive that work with the GIGABYTE SSD Tool Box to monitor individual m.2 modules, while Aorus Storage Manager allows them to be set up in RAID that provides 0 and/or tuning fan speed.
The Aorus Xtreme SSD uses eight 4TB 4th Generation 7000 Series drives with Phison E18 controllers. GIGABYTE also notes backwards compatibility with Gen 3 operating systems, although significant reductions in bandwidth and throughput are expected. Also, when SIC AIC is available for purchase, you would expect an eye-catching price. p>
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