G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB SandForce SF-1222 SSD Review

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G.Skill Phoenix Pro – Introduction

G.Skill hasn’t been the most active in terms out putting out SSDs but sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Their latest is the Phoenix Pro line sporting capacities ranging from 40GB all the way up to 240GB. We had the pleasure of test driving the 120GB model to see how it compared to its peers in the marketplace.

PHOENIX PRO DRIVE

Featuring the much lauded SandForce SF-1200 controller, at $249 for the 120GB model, they aren’t what would be considered a “value” priced drive. Then again, as you’ll see, the benchmarks numbers don’t reflect value level performance either. If you’ve done some reading on SandForce-based drives, you already know that they are some of the best performing drives available and we expect the Phoenix Pro to be no different.

PHOENIX PRO BOX

G.Skill Phoenix Pro Features and Specifications:

General
Model Name: FM-25S2S-120GBP2
Controller: SandForce SF-1200 Series
Form Factor: 2.5″
Capacity: 120GB*
DRAM Cache: N/A
Interface Type: SATA II
Performance Specifications
Read Rate: 285MB/sec(Max)(Tested with ATTO 2.43)
Write Rate: 275MB/sec(Max)(Tested with ATTO 2.43)
IOPS: Up to 50000(disk aligned ; 4KB random write)
Access Time: <0.2ms
Environmental Specifications
Shock (operating): 1500G
Vibration (operating): 15G
Altitude (operating): 60000ft
Operating Temp.: 0oC ~ +70oC
Reliability Specifications
MTBF: +2,000,000 Hours
Data Reliability: Built-in EDC/ECC function
Certifications: RoHS FCC and CE Compliant
Warranty: 3 years
*As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.

PHOENIX PRO DRIVE FRONT

The packaging was very nice with the drive packed in the usual anti-static bag, tucked snugly into a foam pocket and covered by the 3.5″ to 2.5″ adapter plate which slides neatly into the slots on either side of the drive. Not much chance of damage during transit here – especially as tough as SSDs are. Also included is a user guide that lists the specifications, warranty information and installation instructions which can largely be ignored by all but the most noob of users. One noteworthy item is that the guide in our review sample lists the warranty as a 2 year, but G.Skill recently upped that to 3 years. The retail boxed versions may or may not have this correct so I thought it relevant to point out.

PHOENIX PRO CONTENTS

Nothing remarkable about the outside of the drive. It features the typical SATA power connector and a SATA II data connector. Both sides have stickers featuring G.Skill branding, artwork and the ever present part and serial number information. I think this is the first drive I’ve seen that actually lists the read/write ratings on the drive itself.

PHOENIX PRO DRIVE REAR

Against the advice of the legalese sticker warning us of delicate parts and the voiding of warranties, we cracked open the case to have a look inside for your viewing pleasure. Click on over to page 2 to have a gander.

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