Earlier in May this year, Gigabyte introduced its first SSDs with the UD Pro series, which were 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drives. Gigabyte claimed that their product had a superior quality and experience than any other as their selling point for the UD Pro series.
Now Gigabyte has come out with new NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs. For now, Gigabyte NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs is what they will be rolling with for its name and branding. These will be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models from their official release statement, but only the 128GB and 256GB models are available on their website for now.
Jackson Hsu, Deputy Director of the Gigabyte Channel Solutions Product Development Division, compared the Gigabyte NVMe with traditional SATA drives saying, they offer much better performance and are more compact, which is true for all M.2 SSDs as he mentioned but that is not what Gigabyte NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs will be competing with.
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If we compare the specs of the Gigabyte NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB SSD to the 970 PRO NVMe M.2 250GB SSD from Samsung, which share the same form M.2 2280 form factor with Samsung’s interface being PCIe 3.0 x4 as compared to PCIe 3.0 x2 of the Gigabyte M.2’s.
Subquential Read speed on Samsung’s M.2 is stated at 3500 MB/s whereas Gigabyte has it up to 1200 MB/s, Subquential Write speeds follow the same pattern with Gigabyte going up to 800 MB/s and Samsung boasting a whopping 1500 MB/s.
Although Samsung’s drives win in this race and are considered industry standard SSDs, they also come at a hefty price point of about $90 USD for the 250 GB model. If Gigabyte put their M.2 SSDs at a much more affordable price point, they might become great budget options for anyone wanting to delve into the NVMe M.2 SSD realm.