The Acer Predator GM7000 takes a profitable components of parts and places distinctive branding on it. This mixture is highly effective, environment friendly and significantly compelling at 2TB, however the GM7000 is in a crowded market. This high-end PCIe 4.0 drive could be blissful within the PlayStation 5 or in your PC with assist from Acronis True Picture OEM software program. In any other case, this SSD doesn’t stand out, significantly in opposition to the very quickest drives we’ve examined, just like the SK hynix Platinum P41 and WD Black SN850X. Nonetheless, it might be a pleasant purchase if it goes on sale.
The GM7000 is finest in comparison with the HP FX900 Professional, because it has the identical controller and flash. The pSLC caching scheme can also be comparable. Whereas it seems some tweaks had been made to the GM7000, presumably by way of up to date firmware, it largely falls into the identical place because the FX900 Professional and different drives prefer it. These drives are sometimes a bit cheaper than different high-end PCIe 4.0 SSDs, significantly at 2TB.
Acer introduced a partnership with Biwin greater than a yr in the past, and we see its flash on the GM7000. Biwin beforehand labored closely with HP, which incorporates the FX900 Professional. Biwin supplies providers with flash binning and the manufacture of drives. It isn’t shocking that the GM7000 is so near the FX900 Professional. It does imply that you’ve got a bit higher thought of what you’re getting. In any other case, you’re counting on Acer’s help for guarantee and software program.
|Capability (Person / Uncooked)||512GB / 512GB||1024GB / 1024GB||2048GB / 2048GB||4096GB / 4096GB|
|Kind Issue||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Interface / Protocol||PCIe 4.0 x4||PCIe 4.0 x4||PCIe 4.0 x4||PCIe 4.0 x4|
|Flash Reminiscence||176-Layer Micron TLC||176-Layer Micron TLC||176-Layer Micron TLC||176-Layer Micron TLC|
|Sequential Learn||7,400 MBps||7,400 MBps||7,400 MBps||7,400 MBps|
|Sequential Write||3,400 MBps||3,400 MBps||6,700 MBps||6,700 MBps|
The Acer GM7000 is offered at 512GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. It is a good vary, however we weren’t capable of finding the drive accessible at its highest capability on the time of this evaluate. The opposite capacities really lowered in value throughout writing, reflecting that the NAND and SSD markets have been, and stay, in a gradual value decline.
The closest competitor, the HP FX900 Professional which is barely cheaper at 2TB. 2TB has change into an more and more common capability and there have been many gross sales on drives of this measurement this yr, so it’s a aggressive house. One benefit the GM7000 has is its graphene foam warmth pad, one thing the FX900 Professional additionally makes use of. Graphene has very excessive thermal conductivity and PCIe 4.0 SSDs can get fairly sizzling, so it is a resolution that saves a little bit of bodily house.
The GM7000 is in any other case unexceptional, coming with a 5-year guarantee and 300, 600, 1,300, and three,000 TBW rankings for its respective capability choices. Rated IOPS are fairly excessive, as on the FX900 Professional. Sequential efficiency can high out at 7.4/6.7GBps for reads and writes, respectively, due to using newer flash with the IG5236 controller. This makes for a robust drive that checks all of the anticipated bins.
Software program and Equipment
The GM7000 comes with a free, personalized copy of Acronis True Picture OEM. It is a piece of software program that means that you can clone, backup, or picture your drives, which may make upgrading your storage simpler. That is barebones software program and there are good freeware choices, but it surely’s nonetheless good to have it bundled.
A Nearer Look
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It is a double-sided drive at 2TB, with a label on the rear masking two NAND packages and one DRAM bundle. Eradicating the highest graphene pad reveals a single DRAM module, the controller and two NAND packages.
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The controller is an InnoGrit IG5236, a preferred and highly effective PCIe 4.0 resolution. It competes with the Phison E18, the upcoming SMI SM2264, and proprietary designs from Western Digital, Samsung, Essential and SK hynix. InnoGrit as an organization is a relative newcomer, but it surely has veterans at its helm. Its newest controller designs have confirmed fairly efficient, and are sometimes paired with drives which might be a bit cheaper than the competitors.
The DRAM bundle is NANYA NT5AD512M16A4, DDR4 in a 512M x 16b configuration for a complete of 8Gb or 1GB. As there are two packages, the full DRAM on this 2TB drive is 2GB. That is an ample quantity of reminiscence, even for heavy workloads.
The flash packages are labeled BW29F4T08ENLEE. This is identical flash that we noticed on the 2TB FX900 Professional. Biwin has lengthy managed HP’s SSDs and, over a yr in the past, it was introduced that it could additionally work with Acer. Traditionally this has not been a problem as a few of HP’s SSD merchandise have been fairly wonderful, resembling with the EX920 and EX950.
The “BW” represents Biwin, with 29 being the widespread code for Micron (or Intel) Expertise. These are 4Tb or 512GB modules, 4 for a complete of 2TB, in a typical 8-bit configuration. The flash is of the 176-layer era and TLC. This flash is discovered on a ton of drives and has confirmed to be fairly quick. It’s in actual fact the flash that Phison selected for its preliminary I/O+ firmware, albeit at 1600 MT/s. The flash on the GM7000 is the usual 1200 MT’s, though this doesn’t have a big impact on efficiency.
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