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Old 05-11-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Gigabyte enters the SSD market

Gigabyte is best known for its motherboard and graphics cards, but like so many PC component companies with diversified product portfolios, it's now officially entered the SSD market as well. What's unique, however, is that Gigabyte is the only top tier motherboard maker to expand into SSDs.

Asus has not done it, and neither has MSI. Same goes for companies like ASRock and EVGA. Biostar sells its own brand SSD, and of course so does Intel, but for the most part, it's been storage and memory makers that have dominated the SSD market.

Gigabyte intends to compete against established players with a pair of SATA drives, at least initially. I asked Gigabyte about its future plans, and specifically if it intends to release NVMe SSDs at some point. Gigabyte said yes, and that they would be available in both M.2 and add-in card (AIC) form factors.

For now, Gigabyte's sole offering is the UD Pro series, available in 256GB and 512GB capacities. These both use 3D triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory from Toshiba, paired with an unknown controller. Speed ratings work out as follows:

Sequential read: Up to 530MB/s
Sequential write: Up to 500MB/s
Random read: Up to 70,000 IOPS (256GB) / Up to 80,000 IOPS (512GB)
Random write: Up to 40,000 IOPS (256GB) / Up to 75,000 IOPS (512GB)

Gigabyte enters the SSD market with a pair of aggressively priced SATA drives | PC Gamer
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: Gigabyte enters the SSD market

Seems a little late to the game?
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Re: Gigabyte enters the SSD market

Price is pretty good. More competition the better.
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