G.Skill Phoenix Pro 

Released August, 2010
  • 40 GB
  • 2.5" SATA II

Benchmark Results: Again we see comparable results to the other SandForce controlled drives with the Phoenix Pro posting a very solid overall score.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2010)
Performance concerns aside for a moment, it's worth noting that the Phoenix Pros make a good impression thanks to their quality brushed alloy enclosures and bundled 2.5-inch-to-3.5-inch drive bay adapters.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2010)

Reviews Word on the street for the G.Skill Phoenix Pro


8.9
SKILL's Phoenix Pro SSD comes in a normal package that looks much less spectacular than what is inside.

7.0
SSDs deliver a number of knock-out performance and efficiency advantages compared to conventional drives, which are based on rotating magnetic platters.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

As the population of SandForce-based drives broaden and become more dominant among the enthusiast level drives, we are seeing a plateau of performance - mostly limited by the SATA II bandwidth.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2010)
It's no slouch in our real-world application tests either, even if it is a little slower in our application install test than we expect from a SandForce-powered drive.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2010)
The difference is that the Pro SSDs come with up to 50,000 IOPS enabled in the controller while the non-Pro is artificially limited to 20,000.
by techPowerUp!

Speed

It's a seriously quick little SSD.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2010)
As a result, G.SKILL's Phoenix Pro 240 GB is the fastest SSD we tested so far.
by techPowerUp!
Skill hasn't been the most active in terms out putting out SSDs but sometimes slow and steady wins the race.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2010)

Price

At $249 ($2.24 per usable GB) the price is certainly competitive.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2010)
For a 240 GB SSD I'd say a price increase of $10 or $20 would be justified for the extra IOPS, but not more.
by techPowerUp!
Buying two of them for double the price doesn't really provide relief, even if the result is a more usable overall data volume and increased performance.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2010)

Cache

After all, SSD cache is used to both reduce the need to access the flash memory cells and to help speed up data mapping and retrieval when accessed.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2010)
Notably, the SF-1200 doesn't use cache memory.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2010)

Quality

All things being equal, the buyer should give consideration the type and quality of support/service offered as well should something go wrong.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2010)
Around the back side, we see the same pattern sans the controller along with a few quality control stickers for for good measure.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

storage

Capacity 40 GB
Interface SATA II
Interface speed 3 Gbit/s
Controller SandForce 1200
Memory type MLC

form factor

Form factor 2.5"

manufacturer performance

MTBF 2,000,000 hours
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