G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Review

Introduction

Once upon a time the amount of bandwidth available to your storage device was far beyond the capabilities of said device to saturate it. Even the fastest Hard Disk Drives were relatively slow. Then, thankfully for all of our sanity, Solid State Drives appeared and they quickly got towards the 3Gbps limits of SATA II. This was solved by the introduction of the 6Gbps SATA III, although even an average SSD is capable of pushing 550MB/s.

The latest versions of Intel's chipsets are coming complete with SATA Express which promises support for 10Gbps devices, although we've yet to see any of them. G.Skill have looked at the options available and gone a different route. Why take advantage of some PCI Express bandwidth to bolster the SATA bandwidth when you can just use the PCI Express itself?

So there are now two clear solutions to the eternal quest for faster storage options. Does the Phoenix Blade provide enough to become the VHS to the Beta SATA Express? The DVD to LaserDisc, the BluRay to HDDVD. Let's find out.

Technical Specifications

Just stop a moment and look at the headline grabbing numbers proclaimed in the specifications. 2GBs read and write. Something that would require a 4 or 5 drive RAID 0 setup with all the associated setup/cable annoyance and costs involved in that. If that's even remotely backed up by our testing then there is no question about the new king. Let's find out then...

G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Review  

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2015, 08:57:14

CreatiXx
i truly love the design of it, but wouldnt it be more fair to compare it to other PCIe SSD's instead of the regular sata SSD's or am i wrong?Quote

07-01-2015, 08:58:58

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by CreatiXx View Post
i truly love the design of it, but wouldnt it be more fair to compare it to other PCIe SSD's instead of the regular sata SSD's or am i wrong?
The only other one we have done is the M6e matey and thats basically just an M.2 drive.

Cant compare it to PCIE drives if we have not done the testing to back it up. Theres always a period like this when things first come outQuote

07-01-2015, 09:20:38

Dark NighT
Want want want, my god why is it so expensive!

Also Thanks tom for starting up that work engine, have some more coffee to fuel it.Quote

07-01-2015, 10:57:50

Wraith
Time for a brew

EDIT! Dayyym, That's some fast SSD shiznit, but really!, Green PCBs.. at a £500 price bracket I'd expect perfection with it being Black.Quote

07-01-2015, 11:45:29

WillSK
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Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Time for a brew

EDIT! Dayyym, That's some fast SSD shiznit, but really!, Green PCBs.. at a £500 price bracket I'd expect perfection with it being Black.
I also thought this. I don't understand why any product that isn't "Budget" still uses a green PCBQuote
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