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G.Skill Phoenix EVO SSD  (Source: G.Skill)
SSD has 115GB of storage

The number of SSDs that are hitting the market continue to grow each day. This is a good thing too, the more SSDs and makers of SSDs there are the more competition and the lower prices will go. At the same time, more competition means more innovation to lure in customers as well.

G.Skill has announced its latest SSD storage drive called the Phoenix EVO SSD. The drive uses a SandForce SF-1222 controller and 2xnm NAND flash chips. That means that the drive is speedy and has nice storage capacity as well. The EVO has storage capacity of 115GB, read speed of 280MB/s, write speed of 270MB/s, and will land at authorized dealers this month.

Phoenix notes that it moved from 3xnm to 2xnm chips to improve speed and performance of its drives and to guarantee top reliability and stability. The SSD has a 3-year warranty and the NAND chips are selected from key suppliers for reliability and performance.

“The performance benchmark of G.Skill Phoenix EVO is listed on G.Skill official website. With the information transparency, consumers can easily choose the right product according to their desire and budget,” said Wales Tsai, the G.Skill SSD product manager.


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At least they advertise it as 115GB
By MrTeal on 4/6/2011 12:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like other companies are paying attention after the mess OCZ went through with the Vertex 2 and their switch to 64Gbit dies. It's good to see other companies aren't repeating OCZ's mistake.

At least the Vertex 3s are finally shipping.




RE: At least they advertise it as 115GB
By geddarkstorm on 4/8/2011 11:35:46 AM , Rating: 2
I'm just sad there's no word on what the price of this would be. Using the cheaper controller, and a rather odd capacity. Hopefully this will be competitively low cost.


RE: At least they advertise it as 115GB
By Flunk on 4/8/2011 11:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
It will have to be, G.Skill isn't exactly a popular name in SSDs.


RE: At least they advertise it as 115GB
By wordsworm on 4/9/2011 11:05:10 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe not, but their memory has been top-notch for years. I always go g.skill on my builds.


RE: At least they advertise it as 115GB
By Siki on 4/18/2011 4:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
Funny you mention that. I had 4 sticks go bad within a couple months. At $50 a stick I wasn't too happy. Mushkin memory is way better.


By Joz on 5/3/2011 11:50:08 AM , Rating: 2
Mushkin memory is the best, bar none.

But thats besides the point. Give me some of these SSD in raid 1, thanks :D


Call me crazy...
By mckirkus on 4/12/2011 10:25:42 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Phoenix notes that it moved from 3xnm to 2xnm chips to improve speed and performance of its drives and to guarantee top reliability and stability.


If I'm not mistaken, the smaller chips are not only less reliable, but they're also slower (see the OCZ debacle when switching to 25nm without changing the product name). Cheaper is where they win out.




RE: Call me crazy...
By mindless1 on 4/24/2011 5:05:34 PM , Rating: 2
They are reliable depending on your definition. They just have fewer write cycles. They are faster, but it is mitigated by the fact that at any capacity when you use fewer chips to achieve that capacity at the higher density, you have fewer parallel paths/narrower bus which more than offsets the per chip speed increase.


Perhaps not
By mindless1 on 4/24/2011 5:11:16 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
the more SSDs and makers of SSDs there are the more competition and the lower prices will go.


While this seems intuitive it may not be the case. Currently there is a flash memory shortage, with more demand you drive up the prices and with more smaller players you don't have the volume buying power in the chip market because they are both consuming chips AND taking sales of SSDs from the larger chip customers.

Granted this would be true only so long as there is a sufficient # of major players competing against each other which does seem to be the situation at present.

We don't need more SSD manufacturers though, we need more flash chip manufacturers!




No price, little point to article
By tyger11 on 4/19/2011 8:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
Especially when I do a quick Google search and find they're already available at Newegg for $210 for the 115GB version. That's not bad. I have some SATA 3-equipped devices that could make good use of that.




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