Gigabyte VISION DRIVE external SSD 1TB promises over 2000MB/s transfers

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 15 2020 @ 11:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In the past, external storage was pretty slow as USB used to be quite slow. That's no longer the case as new USB interfaces can be very speedy. Gigabyte just introduced the VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB, an external storage product that uses the USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C interface. The motherboard maker says the disk can achieve a read speed of up to 2052MB/s and a write speed of up to 2092MB/s!
Gigabyte Technology, one of the top global manufacturers of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, announces today its foray into the portable external drive by introducing its first external SSD – VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB – with the USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C interface to the VISION family. This enables the company to further expand the VISION product line as well as to showcase its market-leading, innovative, and high-performance SSD products. The VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB is integrated with a 1TB PCIe Gen3 x4 solid-state-drive (SSD) which provides users with an ultra-high read/write speed of 2000MB/s. Based on GIGABYTE’s expertise and dedication to product development and design, the newly released VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB performs with excellence in terms of performance and cooling in addition to its near-perfect drop resistance. For content creators who always bring their portable drive with them on the go and those in need of off-site data backup capabilities, the VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB is definitely the ideal choice.

”For a lot of users, especially content creators, it is imperative that their important data or work can be backed up quickly to a different device anytime, anywhere,” said Jackson Hsu, Product Management Director of GIGABYTE’s Channel Solution Business Unit. “Compared with other solutions, GIGABYTE’s high-capacity, high-speed portable storage device comes at a reasonable price and a user-friendly design, which makes it the best choice.” “We may not be the first to operate in the portable external drive field, but we certainly are the most serious player,” he further points out. “During the development process of the external SSD, VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB, R&D and ID teams had vigorously discussed and brainstormed ideas again and again while iterations of prototyping and testing were done to identify the optimal balance between performance, cooling and size, thus offering consumers the best external SSD. That’s why the product has an ultra-high read/write speed of 2000MB/s, four times faster than regular external SSDs, and a storage capacity of 1TB, enough to store their frequently used data, on top of the best-in-class durability and heat dissipation. We believe that the VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB is definitely the ideal choice for content creators and professionals engaged in data storage and backup.“

GIGABYTE’s external SSD is the newest member of the VISION family only to be preceded by its memory, motherboard, and graphics card brothers. The consistent main product theme features the fingerprint-proof, pure white matte surface combined with the leather trim design, giving it a warm touch less commonly seen in 3C products and a sense of quality made possible with sophistication, cleanness, craftsmanship, and elegance encompassed within. The black bottom design makes it less susceptible to soiling from its surroundings and possible to provide a care-free user experience. Under the stylish look, it is equipped with a high-performance and reliable Phison E12 controller chip, a 1TB high-speed NAND Flash, and a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C interface, which enables a jaw-dropping read/write speed of 2000MB/s, user-friendliness, compact size, super-high capacity, and robust performance.

Limited by their sizes, regular portable storage devices come with a poor thermal design. In particular, NVMe models are highly prone to unstable operations, even data loss, as a result of high temperatures during high-speed operations. To address the heat dissipation issues, we at GIGABYTE have tested numerous mechanical designs during the development of the VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB and found that the results from actual tests are even better than our evaluation. By using eco-friendly plastic materials less prone to cracking and denting, in conjunction with dozens of reinforced ribs, the final product can have a higher mechanical strength. The SSD module is covered by two independent Nano carbon heatsinks with high thermal conductivity. The cooling effect is further enhanced with well-organized vents located at the bottom and the sides of the case without compromising the aesthetics. In actual tests, this design can maintain the surface temperature at a comfortable level even during high-speed operations and prevent performance loss caused by overheating.

Moreover, to make the VISION SSD more durable and increase its drop resistance, we secure the PCB with bolts that have an increased amount of solder. To further enhance the drop resistance we use a steel protective case. The results from actual tests prove that the VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB meets the requirements outlined in MIL-STD-810G 516.6 of US military standards. Even when being dropped from a height of 122 cm, only a few friction marks can be seen on the corners of the case without affecting the overall performance, reliability, and operational convenience at all.

The VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB comes with USB Type C and Type A cables and a fashionable travel case for content creators to use it with more flexibility and store the device and cables with ease. This allows the product to be easily used between different mainstream platforms on the market with the potential of USB’s backward compatibility fully exploited. For users to take full advantage of the benefits realized by the VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB, we also launch the VISION DRIVE 1TB Upgrade Kit capable of integrating their VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB devices and the GC-USB 3.2 GEN2X2 host expansion card, making it possible for users to use it with selected motherboards and fully utilize the access performance!
VISION DRIVE SSD 1TB


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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