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Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster V5 256GB Solid State Disk - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline

The G-Monster V5 is marketed as the world's fastest SSD. Let's have a look and see if this holds true!

By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 30, 2009 9:09 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: PhotoFast

Test System


Processors: AMD Opteron 2356 (2.3GHz Quad-Core) x2


Motherboard: Tyan S2915-E (Supplied by Tyan)


Memory: Kingston KVR667D2S4P5/2G x4 (Supplied by Kingston)


Graphics Card: XFX 8800 GTX (Supplied by XFX USA)


Enclosure: Lian Li V2000


Cooling: Noctua NH-U12DO (Supplied by Noctua)


SATA Controller: Areca ARC-1231ML (Supplied by Areca)


SAS Controller: Areca ARC-1680i (Supplied by Areca)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate X64


Today we are comparing the PhotoFast G-Monster V5 dual MLC Barefoot controlled SSD to other 2.5 inch drives that we reviewed in the past.


All of the drives tested were performed on the listed system under identical conditions to ensure true apples to apples performance results for comparison. But this time there is a catch.


ATTO Baseline Performance


Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34


ATTO is used by many disk manufactures to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.


Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster V5 256GB Solid State Disk


I knew this day was coming but I didn't realize that it would get here this fast. After playing around with the G-Monster V5 in a couple of different systems it is clear that my Tyan S2915-E has finally been given its last call. Here we see the G-Monster V5 reaching nearly 250 MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds.


Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster V5 256GB Solid State Disk


DVNation was able to achieve just over 270 MB/s read speeds and 230 MB/s write speeds with the same drive as I am testing here today. After fiddling with drivers, BIOS, firmware and just about everything else, it appears that the PhotoFast G-Monster V5 is able to max the nForce 3500 chipset's SATA controller. How is that for impressive? The current high end AMD Opteron workstation chipset is now the bottleneck to a solid state drive. I was hoping to hold out until SATA 6.0 is released in the near future before updating the storage testing rig, but that may not be a viable option.


Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster V5 256GB Solid State Disk


If you have ever wondered what happened to the Smooth Creations Hellcat after its media service was finished, you will be pleased to know that my five and six year old have been playing Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare on it for several months now. To give the PhotoFast G-Monster V5 its fair shake, I decided to test the drive on the Hellcat and see what the drive had to offer at its full potential.


In the ATTO Benchmark graph above you can see that the Hellcat was able to really make the drive come alive and even gave us performance numbers that beat the DVNation scores. In this review we will present two sets of benchmarks for the G-Monster V5, the first set on our standard test bed and the second in the Smooth Creations Hellcat. The Hellcat performance numbers will be marked with an HC next to the name.


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