First I want to give a huge shout out to Gigabyte for sending me this product for review. We’ll be taking a look at their latest UD PRO 256GB SSD.
I’m sure everyone knows who Gigabyte is but here’s some information about their company.
It’s YOU that matters.
GIGABYTE is always consumer-oriented from the very beginning of product design to the end of value chain. With the focus on consumer needs, the delivery of customer experiences has been transformed into tangible and understood customer cares. Therefore, GIGABYTE has integrated the best quality of components to ensure outstanding stability and reliability and also built up a complete service network with hundreds of customer service centers around the globe. Behind everything we do is a clear focus on what our customers value. GIGABYTE has kept staying one step ahead of consumer desires to create unique connections and pursue your smile of satisfaction.
We’re bringing Gaming to gamers
GIGABYTE shares the same passion for gaming as all gamers. Therefore we have extended the premium gaming brand – AORUS, the pinnacle of our hardware excellence, to provide a full spectrum of innovative gaming products that deliver the ultimate performance and exemplify PC’s capability of bringing gamers unprecedented delights. We continue to participate in global gaming events, connect with the community and actively listening to gamers’ desires in order to create marvelous products that are focused on gamers’ needs. AORUS is a team of gamers in the PC industry, looking to side with gamers on the gaming conquest, to challenge the limits, and become legendary.
We’re putting ideas into action.
Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE is committed to providing top-notch solutions that “upgrade your life”. We are regarded as a pioneer in innovation with groundbreaking excitements such as Ultra Durable™ — a revolutionary technology that redefines the industry, WINDFORCE™ — exclusive heat dissipation design that builds for extreme performance, and BRIX series — a versatile mini-PC in the palm of your hand. We have also invented a premium gaming brand, AORUS — a full spectrum of gaming products for gamers and enthusiasts. GIGABYTE has continuously brought unique new ways of the digital world and created marvelous products that empower you with meaningful and charming experiences.
We’re committed to progress.
Whether the product of innovation is a laptop, a game or a home theater, GIGABYTE continues to bring ways to upgrade your life. As Asia’s Top 100 Tech Company and Taiwan Top 20 Global Brand, GIGABYTE has won over 13,500 international awards including iF Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, Good Design Award, Taiwan Excellence Award and so forth. Simultaneously, GIGABYTE places the strong emphasis on its corporate social responsibility through building Taiwan’s 1st Sustainable Eco-Roof on the top of GIGABYTE headquarter and developing several employees volunteer programs such as Green Action Project, PC DIY Workshop and Computer Training Courses for elders. In 2017, GIGABYTE received Global Views Monthly’s “Corporate Social Responsibility Award” in recognition of being a model corporate among electronics and technologies industry. GIGABYTE has come a long way but one thing has never changed—upgrading your life is our core belief to make the world a better place.
- Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD
- Interface: SATA 6.0Gb/s
- Total Capacity: 256GB*
- Warranty: Limited 3-year
- Sequential Read speed: up to 530 MB/s**
- Sequential Write speed: up to 500 MB/s**
- Toshiba 3D TLC NAND Flash offers blazing speed, high-capacity & enhanced reliability.
- External DDR3 DRAM Cache for Better Sustain Speed
- TRIM & S.M.A.R.T supported
GIGABYTE UD PRO series SSDs adopt 3D TLC NAND flash, which has higher bit capacity, R/W speed performance, endurance and reliability compared to 2D TLC flash. Moreover, with an optimized controller and firmware, GIGABYTE UD PRO series SSDs provide excellent performance for a smooth PC experience.
- Higher Density and Capacity
- Faster Programming
- More Reliable
- Uses Less Power
External DDR3L SDRAM Cache
The UD PRO SSD is equipped with high-speed DDR3L SDRAM cache and does not need to reserve over-provisioning space, thus improving the random Read/Write performance. This means the users can use the full capacity of the drive. Moreover, external DRAM can be a buffer between controller and NAND flash for sustained performance when capacity is occupied by more and more data.
Interface: SATA 6.0Gb/s
Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD
Total Capacity: 256GB*
Warranty: Limited 3-year or 100TBW***
NAND: Toshiba BiCS3 3D TLC
External DDR Cache: 256MB
Sequential Read MB/s: Up to 530 MB/s
Sequential Write MB/s: Up to 500 MB/s
Random Read IOPS: Up to 70k
Random Write IOPS: Up to 40k
Dimension (W x H x L): 69.85 x 7 x 100 mm
Mean time between failure (MTBF): 1.8M hours
Power Consumption (Active): Average: R : 1930mW; W : 2430mW
Power Consumption (Idle): 170mW
Temperature (Operating): 0°C to 70°C
Temperature (Storage): -40°C to 85°C
Gigabyte makes some impressive claims on their product page but does this SSD deliver? Let’s find out!
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