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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
G.Skill Titan 128GB SATA SSD FM-25S2S-128GBT1
Features and Specifications
First Look: G.Skill Titan SSD
Titan SSD Internal Components
SSD Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IOPS Performance
Linear Bandwidth Speed
Buffered Transaction Speed
I/O Response Time
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
FM-25S2S-128GBT1 Conclusion

First Look: G.Skill Titan SSD

The G.Skill Titan SSD introduces a new architecture to deliver the manufacturer-rated bandwidth speeds. On the outside, this 128GB SSD (model FM-25S2S-128GBT1) looks like all of the other Solid State Drive products G.Skill offers in their current product family. As of Q1 2009 that family includes the following products from top to bottom:

  • G.Skill Titan Series SSD with new RAID-0 internal architecture featuring read performance up to 200 MBps and write bandwidth up to 160 MBps. High reliability is based on the internal 15bit BCH mode.
    • 128 GB G.Skill Titan (FM-25S2S-128GBT1)
    • 256 GB G.Skill Titan (FM-25S2S-256GBT1)
  • G.Skill MLC Series mainstream consumer SSD featuring read performance up to 170 MBps and write bandwidth up to 100 MBps. High reliability is based on the internal BCH 15bit ECC.
  • G.Skill SLC Series value SSD featuring read performance up to 100 MBps and write bandwidth up to 80 MBps. High reliability is based on the internal BCH 15bit ECC.
    • 32 GB G.Skill SLC Series (FS-25S2-32GB)
    • 64 GB G.Skill SLC Series (FS-25S2-64GB)

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When it comes to the appearance of notebook drives, it must be understood that the product you're looking at will be hidden away from plain view once installed. Keeping in mind that this product is solid state, and therefore offers no amount of noticeable physical activity, it takes some special attention to presentation in order to help keep the consumer feeling comfortable with their premium purchase. Unlike the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSD's are practically impervious to impact damage and do not require special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. G.Skill utilizes a metal enclosure for the Titan series, which fastens with four small counter-sunk screws on the underside.

Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Titan SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my laptop, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading Windows XP from the Titan.

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Unlike desktop computers which utilize a SATA cable system to connect drive to motherboard, nearly all notebooks allow the 2.5" drive to simply slide directly into a connection bay within the system. In addition to notebooks and desktop computer usage, this G.Skill Titan Solid State Drive can be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. One unfortunate omission from the Titan series was the integrated High-Speed USB 2.0 Mini-B, which we were please to see featured on the 64 GB G.Skill MLC SSD.

Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of the Titan SSD, it's time to peek inside the FM-25S2S-128GBT1 enclosure and inspect the internal components...



 

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