How Polished Is This Polish PCIe 4.0 NVMe 1.4 SSD?
GOODRAM is a Polish brand of Wolf Electronic and has been around for 30 years, though without much penetration of the North American computer component market. As most of the PCIe 4.0 drives we’ve seen the Goodram IRDM PRO uses an 8-channel Phison E18 controller with a 2GB DRAM buffer. They did chose to use 176-layer TLC flash to keep the price down, though with a five year warranty and a lifetime usage of 1,400TBW it doesn’t seem that GOODRAM is worried about the longevity of that TLC flash.
The performance might not quite catch up to superstars like SK Hynix’s Platinum drive but it happily provides 7GB/s transfer speeds in almost all scenarios. That will be more than fast enough for gaming and general usage; it would likely be almost impossible to tell that it is not actually the fastest PCIe 4.0 SSD. The giant heatspreader they included with the Goodram IRDM PRO is worth keeping according to Guru 3D’s testing, so save the one included in your motherboard for another SSD.