GSKill Phoenix Pro: Little Drive, Lotta Performance

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SSDs account for just a fraction of the storage market in terms of units shipped, but high consumer interest and significant profit margins have brought manufacturers in droves. GSkill isn't exactly a newcomer to the field, but the sheer number of companies in the dogpile make it more difficult for any single manufacturer to win a definitive lead against the others, at least in terms of technology alone. Today we're reviewing GSkill's 60GB Phoenix Pro. This relatively diminutive drive is meant to offer enthusiasts an attractive balance between price and performance, but the Phoenix Pro is fighting to distinguish itself in a tight field.


GSkill Phoenix Pro (60GB, SandForce 1200)
Specifications & Features
Max Read: up to 285MB/s
Max Write: up to 275MB/s
Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS
Seek Time: 0.2ms
Power Consumption:  Idle 3W, Active 8W
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
Included 3.5" Desktop adapter bracket
Compatible with XP, Vista, 7, and Linux (32 and 64-bit flavors)
MTBF: 2 million hours
3-Year Warranty

When it comes to the drive's specifications and included bundle, the Phoenix Pro has all the right stats in all the right places. The SandForce SF-1200 controller is the current industry favorite, the published read / write specifications line up with its competitors, and the three year warranty is up to par with what's generally available elsewhere. Included along with the drive is a small user manual booklet, a drive tray, a few screws, and the drive itself. Quick, clean, and simple. 

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InfinityzeN 4 years ago

The 120GB version seems to be a much better buy.  60GB really is getting too small for your boot drive, since after formatting, installing Win7, swap file, and updates you will be left with maybe 20GB.

3vi1 4 years ago

I don't know about that InfinityzeN. I resized the 80GB SSD in my system into two 40GB partitions. The partition with Win7 still has 12GB free.

The partition with Linux has 29GB free.

animatortom 4 years ago

Seems to be about average price. I picked up my 64GB Kingston three months ago for 144. Now we are seeing the 128GB's get down to that price.

After Win7 and ten of the major programs I still have about 35GB's left. So for right now 64Gb is good enough without having to blow a wad on a 128GB SSD.

Joel H 4 years ago

...You've got a drastically overinflated idea of how much space a Win 7 takes up. As far as I know, you need 10-12GB for OS + swapfile + Updates.

I agree with your assessment on 60GB being too small, but Win 7 isn't anywhere near that big. :P

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