GSKill Phoenix Pro: Little Drive, Lotta Performance

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Test System, HD Tune

Our Test MethodologiesUnder each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations.  The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, Vantage, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. And all drives were secure erased prior to the start of any testing. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i5 Powered

Processor -

Motherboard -

Video Card -

Memory -

Audio -

Hard Drives -


Hardware Used:
Intel Core i5-750

Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R
(P55 Chipset)

ATI Radeon 5970

6144MB Corsair DDR3-1066

Integrated on board

WD Caviar Black 1TB (OS Drive)
Crucial C300 120GB
 GSkill Phoenix Pro 60GB
Corsair Force 100GB

OS -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate
DirectX 11

Catalyst 10.5

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tach v3.0.1.0
ATTO v2.46
CrystalDiskMark v3
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2010 SP1
HD Tune 4.5

Given the age and limitations of HDTach, we've elected to adopt HDTune in its stead. HDTune is capable of performing a wide variety of performance tests—far more than HDTach—and can also be used to measure file system performance.

HD Tune is a synthetic benchmark that only tests one particular type of read / write performance, so it's not a test we put tremendous weight on. Results here are a bit mixed; the Phoenix Pro outpaces our other SandForce drive's read performance, but is passed by both the Crucial C300 and Intel's X25-M. When it comes to write performance, the Phoenix takes first place by a hair.

One thing to watch in the other benchmarks is the disparity between the read/write speeds of Intel's X25-M and, to a lesser extent, Crucial's C300. Neither drive is the focus of this review, but the Phoenix Pro's performance highlights just how much write rates have increased in a short time.

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