We received the G.Skill Evo Phoenix 115GB SSD for a review with almost all the assortments we were going to need. The company had teamed up with SandForce for the SSD claiming unmatched performance along with reliability and quality to be the highlight. 25nm NAND flash chips have been incorporated in the drive as well. The attribute that is believed to have really held attention was the 4KB random read/write speed which G-skill says should be faster than any earlier SSD generation. We have the 115GB drive housed neatly into our system for some time now and here’s what we think of it.
A minimal yet complete user guide with all necessary instructions was wrapped into a neat little box vying for our attention no sooner had we rummaged the package open. There was also an adapter capable of accommodating drives ranging in dimensions of 3.5” to 2.5”. It didn’t take much to do the needful and fitting the drive onto the bay in our case was quite an effortless process. As we leaned closer to the adapter, we caught sight of a handful of mapping points. When we attached the drive, these we saw helped line it up to get the ATA ports right where we wanted them to be. In fact the varied installation mounts on the accompanying bracket make aligning the drive a breeze.
The screw set included 4 screws to map the drive to the bracket and 4 more to map the bracket to the case. Speaking of the drive by itself, there’s nothing really to write home about it in terms of appearance, except that the G.Skill Evo Phoenix 115GB SSD bears a rather clean profile. Add to it the fact that it’s lightweight as well further had us nodding our heads in. And while we do understand that there’s no real opportunity where you’d be flaunting the drive in terms of looks, we for one instantly fell in love with the Evo Phoenix logo right on the face of the matte black drive. Specifically, the G.Skill SSD reads at 69.63 x 99.88 x 9.30mm in terms of dimensions.
The box packing of the G.Skill Evo Phoenix claimed it was capable of operating comfortably in temperatures ranging from 0 degrees Celcius to 70 degrees Celcius while it can be stored between the -40 degree Celcius variable and +85 degree Celcius temperature range. Boasting of an operating vibration of 15G, the operating shock resistance for the drive is 1,500G. The technical jargon doesn’t stop at just that with the SSD apparently capable of 1,000,000 hours of MTBF. G.Skill points out sequential read speeds to be marked at a maximum of 280MB while the write speed is about 270MB.
To most of us a formatted capacity of around 107GB that this drive sports may feel a little too less, but you can rest assured of having at least enough memory to run the Windows 7 platform. And yes, you can couple it with routine applications as well. In most of our tests, the drive reached G.Skill’s claimed 280MB/s and 270MB/s read and write speeds. The scenario wasn’t different when transferring huge files as well. When we ran the drive in CrystalDiskMark however, we saw the write speeds dipping considerably and at one point we got speeds of just about 90MB/s.
In both sequential and random tests, the drive offers a decent read performance.
The G.Skill Evo Phoenix 115GB SSD is easy to configure in any system.
The highly flexible and convenient bracket should be compatible to a range of cases.
The drive is available in just one storage capacity.
Doesn’t meet existing standards set by other hard drives in terms of overall performance.
What has the drive rooting for it is without doubt its inclusion of the performance-centric controller SandForce SF-1222. It also has the 2xnm NAND flash chips to back its worth. In terms of performance, the G.Skill Evo Phoenix 115GB SSD gets a clear thumbs up from us only as long as we don’t put it among the crowd of SSD forerunners. If you compare it with other drives based on SF-1222, it seems to lack a wee bit in terms of performance at least and is much of a laggard. The drive ships through Amazon for around $304 while Newegg is currently offering it for approximately $168..We’re giving it a good 7 out of 10.