gigabyte ssdGigabyte 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.

Gigabyte has launched a couple of low cost SSD drives. They have the basic 120GB and a 240GB SSD drive. The 240GB model is much better with faster performance and better write endurance..

These are not the UD series which Gigabyte launches on the US recently. This lower cost SD drives are being sold in Asian markets which are more price sensitive.

  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD
  • Interface: SATA III 6.0Gb/s
  • Total Capacity: 120GB & 240GB
  • Warranty: Limited 3-years
  • Sequential Read speed : up to 500 MB/s
  • Sequential Write speed : up to 380 MB/s
  • TRIM & S.M.A.R.T supported

The first thing we noticed with this lower cost line, there is no DRAM cache so this will mean the SSD NAND chips will be read directly. The controller is also very basic but it does the job well.

The 120GB has a sequential read, 280MB/s write at 350MB/s, Random read 50000 IOPS and write 60000 IOPS. Power consumption 2.240mW. Write life 75TBW.

The 240GB has a read speed of 500MB/s, a write speed of 420MB/s, a random read 50,000 IOPS and write 75000 IOPS, a power consumption of 2240mW, and a write life of 1000TBW.

Gigabyte is marketing these low cost SSD drives to the last holdouts who are still using a hard disk in their laptop. The SSD drive is the way to go and Gigabyte has the marketing muscle.

Gigabyte joins a swam of other hardware companies in the race for SSD profits. With lower prices demand is growing rapidly.