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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 15 December 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC SSD
First Look: G.Skill MLC SSD
SSD Testing Methodology
System Speed Test Benchmarks
HD Tach RW Benchmarks
ATTO Disk Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
FM-25S2S-64GB Conclusion

G.Skill MLC SSD

EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

Back in November 2007, after experiencing the SuperComputing Conference SC07, finding Solid State Drives on sale anywhere was a real challenge. One year later, and online stores are offering dozens of SSD models at reasonable prices. Solid State Drives are rapidly changing the computing landscape, and many enthusiasts are using SSD technology in their primary systems to help boost performance. Benchmark Reviews has tested nearly all of the products available to the retail market in this sector, and several do well while others fall flat. It used to be that performance was the largest hurdle for SSD's, followed by stability, and later price. In this article, we benchmark test bandwidth performance on the G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC mass storage NAND Solid State Drive and compare it against the top competition.

Since first making a commercial public debut at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, Solid State Drives (SSD's) have been a topic of hot discussion among performance enthusiasts. With virtually no access time delay, these nonvolatile flash memory-based drives were quick to promise a more reliable storage device with greater performance while operating at a fraction of the power level. Moving further into 2008 they have become a reality for many performance-minded power users. I suppose it's been a slow ramp-up for consumers to accept Solid State Drive technology, similar to the struggle DDR3 SDRAM has seen.

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Perhaps Benchmark Reviews likes to ride the edge of technology just a little too close, since we've tested more DDR3 and SSD's than almost everyone else on the web. The bleeding edge is where most enthusiasts like to live, but seldom enjoy the price tag. Because I am in a position where cutting edge technology are within my reach (if only for a few weeks of testing), my experience is valuable to the small niche of consumers that might actually want these premier products. Benchmark Reviews has been hard at work trying to ride the wave of innovation into the next big technology. It only took a few years of development, but Solid State Drives can now offer superior speed over Hard Disk Drives; but they are still extremely expensive.

According to a Q1 2008 report by the semiconductor market research firm iSuppli, the SSD market will grow at an annualized average of 124 percent during the four-year period from 2008 until 2012. iSuppli now projects SSD sales to increase by an additional 35 percent in 2009 over what it projected last year, 51 percent more in 2010, and 89 percent more in 2011, and continue to show dramatic increases in subsequent years.

G.Skill offers the ultra-performance SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs) with 64GB and 128GB capacities. With NAND MLC flash storage medium, G.SKILL SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs) provide cost effective, ultra reliable and power-efficient performance hard drives for general consumers who want to improve mobile products.

Covered with a strong metal alloy housing, G.SKILL SSDs protect valuable data from any mishaps that should happen during travel, and the highly power efficient nature means a boost to battery life allowing longer on the go. Ensuring ultimate reliability, G.SKILL SSDs have impressive 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) and with 2 Years Warranty and ever ready technical back-up, G.Skill SSDs are the total storage solution.

  • Available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities
  • Interface: SATA I/II
  • Dimensions: 99.88 x 69.63x 9.30 mm
  • Weight: 90g
  • Sequential Read: up to 155MB/s
  • Sequential Write: up to 90MB/s
  • Shock Resistant: 1500G/0.5ms
  • Vibration Resistant: 20G/10~2000Hz with 3 Axis
  • Operating Voltage: DC 5V
  • Power Consumption: 280mA~330mA
  • Operating Temperature: -40°~85°
  • Storage Temperature: -55°~125°
  • MTBF: >1,500,000 Hours
  • Data Retention: > 5 years at 25°
  • Data Reliability: Built in BCH 15-bit ECC
  • O/S Support: Windows 2000/XP/Vista Linux, and Mac OSX
  • Certification: FCC/CE/RoHS
  • 2 Year Warranty

About the company: G.Skill International Enterpriseg.skill_logo_red_300px.jpg

Established in 1989 by enthusiasts, is a leading memory manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. The company's top priority is Quality and all of our products go through a series of the most rigorous tests and strict quality control processes. In addition to a committed, qualified IC testing house to examine its products, all G.Skill products are 100% tested to ensure the highest yield, reliability and quality.

Mission Statement
We are here to provide superior memory products and satisfactory services in order to keep pace with our customers' growing needs, and help our customers in adding value to their products. And we pledge we will continue to do so and enable both sides to obtain significant competitive advantages in the market segments.

For more information, please visit the G.Skill website.



 

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