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A Closer Look

The drive is a typical M.2 form factor, by which I mean it’s pretty darn small. The packaging is much larger than it needs to be. However, it’s still a small box and allows for extensive amounts of thick foam that should keep it safe in transit. You would want it to get to you perfect too, as it’s a very sexy design at first glance.


This may be an RGB touting titan, but even with the lights off, it’s a very nice bit of kit. It’s quite a bit heavier than I expected. However, when you stick a thick slab of brushed aluminium on top of something, it’s going to add weight. What it adds in weight, it adds even more in style and practicality too though. It looks stunning, and the inlay of the AORUS logo is superb. Of course, it’s going to help dissipate heat too, which means under heavy load, you drive shouldn’t throttle.


It’s not just a slab of metal if I’m behind honest, it is more refined than that. it uses a thicker section for the heatsink, with a couple of fins running the length. There’s set of small channels running through, allowing some basic airflow to enter/exit at various sections of the block.

There’s a thin top panel overlayed, which obviously has the cut-outs for the RGB lighting, as well as some raised sections to break up the design.


It’s as common a design as one would expect from modern high-end drives. There are set Toshiba TLC NAND Flash on the right, with a Phison controller chip located in the middle. The drive measure in at 2280, which is nice and short, so compatibility should be really high with most motherboards.

Overall, a great looking unit. Now, let’s see what it’s like in the motherboard!

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