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GSkill Phoenix III SSD review

sumonpathak

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Among all PC components none gives more sense of performance than the SSD.The general snappiness of the system brings a smile and satisfaction to anyone.

Today we have such a component on the test bench.presenting the Phoenix III SSD from the stable of Gskill.
The SSD was on my radar for a long time and finally i got it in my hands to play..so lets see how good it is..

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On paper the specifications looks pretty good.


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So all in all we have a capable SSD which fits in net book and comes with a 3.5" adapter.

Product Showcase

First up the package





nothing much to write about the front..just the basic branding and stuff...
Now,the back has more info to offer



although its nothing more than the specifications table.

More pics..



the package looks very spartan but even then G skill has managed to ship a 3.5" adapter.






the SSD is pretty slim...it even fits into my wallet.
Enough pics...lets move on to other things..shall we?



Test System
CPU
Intel Core i5 2500K
Motherboard
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe
Ram
Kingston 1600Mhz 8GB DDR3
Storage
Western Digital 320GB HDD (WD320AAKX)
FM-25S3-240GBP3
Video Card
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850
Cooling
Noctua NH D14 with GT 1850 fans
Case
Ghetto made bench table
Power supply Unit
Corsair AX 1200W

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Atto Disk Benchmark
One of the finest tools available to measure storage performance is ATTO. The great thing about ATTO is that we can test with predefined block sizes. So we can test with a 32MB sequence of 4KB files, yet also 32MB in 1MB files. This gives an opportunity to test with various file sizes.
This benchmark is a preferred among manufacturers as ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb with a ques depth of 4.



The SSD clearly shows impressive numbers even reaching 557 MBps read speed.
On the other the write speed also impressive clocking in at 530 MBps.
The transfer speed is similar to OCZ Agility drive..hmm.Not bad..not bad at all(in a villainous voice).

Crystal Diskmark

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data.Crystal DiskMark scores usually drop a bit when comparing to ATTO and this is the result of the testing data now being primarily incompressible representing movies, music and photographs.

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IO Meter IOPS performance
With IO meter, results vary per website since everybody configures this test differently.
Iometer is a workload creator, it will literally perform massive I/O operations in order to stress the system.To measure random IO we created a workload consisting of 512B read and write with a que depth of 32 for determining the MAX IOPS.
Do Note that this test is for determining the MAX IOPS a storage unit can give.

Max Read IOPS

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Max Write IOPS

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Mixed workload

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ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)
Anvil's Storage Utilities was designed to give you a simple mean to measure the read and write performance of your SSD.
The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

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this benchmark works with incompressible data so expect the score to be low.

AS-SSD

Added to the benchmark suite is this nice little German application called AS SSD Benchmark. This test gives an extensive result set. The test is popular, so i included it.AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the worst case scenario in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data.
Results may seem a bit weird...i know...but since i don't have other SSD i cant compare and i will leave the interpretation to you.





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this concludes the benchmark part.



Coming to the final words.
There are a few more SSD's available with this controller in the market.But as of now i don't see any in the Indian market.The nest 240GB that is available is priced at 16000.
But i will leave that since its outside the scope of this review and concentrate in this one.
lets list out the pro's and cons..shall we?

PRO's
1.Good performance.
2.Slim size and bundled accessories give it an edge over the others.No other SSD at this range gives 3.5' adapter;add to it the 7mm height and u have an SSD which is ready to be installed in a net book or portable device.

CON's
The drive is priced at around 14900 in Ebay so i am assuming the street price would be a bit lower.But still then it would be better if the drive is priced more aggressively in the Indian market,but thats just me.
Performance wise i have no issues and overall i am happy with the performance.

Overall..a 3.8 out of 5 from me; a few points docked for the price since drives based on the same controller are priced lower.But a definitely recommended .

In the end a big thanks to TIRUPATI Enterprise for supplying me with the sample and being patient with me.Anyone can pick up the drive form their Ebay store.



Signing out...
Sumon Pathak
 
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