GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB Review: Page 3 of 5

Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 8:00am

Unboxing & A Closer Look

 

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

Gigabyte’s new M.2 SSD comes in a black box with a slate blue pattern that almost seems as if you are at warp speed. The capacity is denoted in red in the lower left corner.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

The rear of the box has some basic specs in several languages with the UPC label taking up a decent part of the box.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

The sides of the box have just the model and capacity along with the Gigabyte logo.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

Inside, the drive is centered in a clear plastic tray.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

A warranty manual is under the tray.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

The drive itself is your standard M.2 2280 (22mm wide x 80mm long) B+M key drive meaning it should work in nearly any system that supports PCIe drives. Everything you need to know is on the label, but we have the serial blanked out here.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

The rear of the drive has a few labels, but no major components.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

With the main label removed, we find yet another label under in on one NAND flash module. There are 3 other identical modules plus the Phison PS5008-E8 controller. To save money, there is no DRAM cache. To get around this potential impact to performance, Gigabyte has enabled the use of system memory as a cache, known as a Host Memory Buffer.

GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

Phison’s PS5008-E8 controller is quite popular on the cost-effective SSD scene and is a PCIe x2 device that supports quad channel NAND storage.

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