G.Skill Phoenix PRO 120GB SSD review -
On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D 12 MegaPixel.
And there it is, this is the Phoenix series 2.5" SATA II 120 GB version. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis. Small and light-weight. This is all you get and need, the SSD and a thin manual covering some of the basics of installation. Included with the Phoenix PRO 120GB SSD is a SDD bracket so you can mount this 2.5" SSD into a 3.5" HDD slot.
And though the photo would make you think otherwise, of course, it's a perfect fit for laptops. This SSD would bring a whole lot of performance into that laptop alright, all at low power consumption at 2 Watt and virtually no heat.
When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and Serial ATA connector, this drive is SATA2 compatible.
Slim and light-weight at 80 grams, 9.5mm tall, it's the standard for notebook drives and you can easily tuck it away in a regular PC. The SSD comes with a three year warranty. Installation wise it's the same as a traditional HDD. Pop it in, connect it, bind it, format it and you are good to go at horribly fast speeds. It uses the same connectors as a SATA storage device.
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G.Skill Phoenix PRO 120GB SSD review
The SSD tested today once again is the Phoenix series from G.Skill. After we tested their 100GB Phoenix SSD (which received a very positive review) G.Skill instantly requested if we would like to review the 120GB PRO model. Both drives pretty much are the same thing, same controller ... The 100GB Phoenix uses Samsung memory though but the trick is that there is 20GB extra volume space available on the new 120GB Pro (compared to the 100GB model) for nearly the same price. A new Firmware for the SandForce 1200 based controller that is inside this 120GB model simply reserves less NAND flash memory for its data-compression scheme. As a result the overall write performance could be a tiny bit slower, but only a few percent as best. It however will give you 20 GB more space to play around with at the same price. And since price per GB is everything in the land of SSDs -- this certainly is a significant for any vendor and for you as an end-user.