GSKill Phoenix Pro: Little Drive, Lotta Performance - HotHardware

GSKill Phoenix Pro: Little Drive, Lotta Performance

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Today, we're comparing GSkill's Phoenix Pro against a brace of three other drives, each of which use a different controller. Corsair's F100 (an over-provisioned version of the F120) shares the GSkill's SF-1200, while the Crucial C300 and Intel X25-M G2 utilize the Marvell 88SS9174 and Intel's own proprietary controller respectively.

The Marvell controller has only shown up in the C300 to date, and details on its design are hard to come by—Marvell doesn't list the controller or mention it on their website at all. Of the three, Intel is similarly mum about the specifics of its own technology. The X25-M's controller is the oldest of the three, but it was also one of the first to support TRIM and NCQ. While it should have no impact on performance, our tests were conducted using the second-generation 34nm 80GB drive.

Pondering the Phoenix Pro's Pricing

The chart below shows the cost-per-gigabyte based on current retail prices at NewEgg (unless otherwise stated).

When we checked on the C300's price and availability a few weeks ago, it was out of stock virtually everywhere and selling for $2.41/GB in the few places we found it. Now that the drive is back in stock, the price has come down slightly—at $2.29/GB it's the cheapest of our tested drives from a dollar per GB perspective. The Corsair F120 hasn't moved, but the Phoenix Pro is actually 25 cents more expensive than it was just a short time ago. The older Intel 80GB drive is the second-most expensive SSD despite its relative age; we'll keep an eye on how its performance scales against younger, feistier newcomers.

We tossed in two hard drives to give you an idea of the relative costs. Given the dirt-low price of 1TB drives, we expect an increasing number of enthusiasts will switch to relatively small SSDs augmented by large storage arrays. At the same time, however, WD's 600GB VelociRaptor—unquestionably the fastest hard drive on the market—is less than a fifth as expensive as the cheapest SSD on our list. This suggests that WD can continue to eke out profitable sales on its high-performance HDDs--there's still a substantial gap in price per GB.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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...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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