gigabyte sd 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: so far

  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD
  • SATA III 6Gbps
  • 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)

The new Gigabyte UD Pro SSDs are built using Toshiba’s 3D TLC NAND flash memory and uses a Phison memory controller to shunt data around as quickly as the technology allows. Which is obviously up to the limits of the hoary ol’ SATA interface.

Both the 256GB and 512GB models offer the same sequential read and write performance, while the 512GB drive kicks up random reads and writes a bit.

Gigabyte tsaid the 256GB model will go for $68.99 and the 512GB at $119.99. Gigabyte expects Amazon and Newegg to have stock available next week. Gigabyte’s pricing is pretty competitive when compared to other SATA SSDs on the market. Looking at 256GB SSDs, there are only a few that hover around $70, such as the ADATA SU800.

Many today are now buying the larger 480GB and 512GB SSD drives which have enough room for games galore. With competitive pricing many are now using several SSD drives.

Gigabyte has SATA drives and Samsung has now launched their new 970 series M.2 SSD drives which will put a lot of pressure on the low end of the market.