|G.Skill Phoenix Pro SandForce SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 05 July 2010|
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Closer Look: G.Skill Phoenix Pro
SSDs are catching on quickly because they work equally well in PC, Linux, or Apple Mac computers. For this article Benchmark Reviews is testing the G.Skill Phoenix Pro SSD, which is expected to reach speeds of 285 MB/s for sequential reads and 275 MB/s sequential writes. The FM-25S2S-60GBP2 kit is built using the SandForce SF-1222 controller with 7% over-provisioning, which means that 60GB out of 64GB NAND flash contained in this SSD are allocated for data use. On the outside G.Skill shows off their fiery Phoenix logo atop a black metal casing, which is identical to the 28% over-provisioned 'Phoenix' line.
The G.Skill Phoenix Pro SSD is best suited for performance-orientated notebook, and works extremely well for enthusiast-level desktop computer systems. Additionally, the G.Skill Phoenix Pro could also be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data server systems SandForce SF-1200 series SSDs have been designed with a focus on high-performance operational and data transfer speeds, and includes encrypted data protection and improved NAND wear-leveling through their proprietary DuraWrite technology. Although Phoenix Pro SSDs do not offer any integrated USB Mini-B port, there are several new 2.5" SATA enclosures that utilize SuperSpeed USB-3.0 standard for high-performance portable file transfers
Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Phoenix Pro SSD chassis, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook and other compact computer system. Packaged with a 3.5" into 2.5" tray adapter, the Phoenix Pro easily installs into desktop computers as well. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes I was booting from a restored Windows 7 System Image from Disc Recovery without a hitch.
Unlike most Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSDs are nearly impervious to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures G.Skill utilizes a standard two-piece metal enclosure for their Phoenix Pro series, which reveals the internal components after removing four small counter-sunk Phillips-head screws located at the bottom of this SSD. G.Skill SSDs have two 'Warranty Void' labels attached to each side of the chassis, and removing the enclosure cover will remove consumer protection with it. Benchmark Reviews will reveal all of the internal components on our next section anyway, so just be patient and save your product warranty.
Thanks to hand-picked NAND flash memory modules paired to the SandForce SF-1222 SSD controller, the G.Skill Phoenix Pro Solid State Drive suggests transfer speeds of 285/275 MBps read/write for high-performance enthusiasts. Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of this SSD, it's time to peek inside the metal enclosure and inspect the internal components...