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Exclusive Review of PhotoFast's G-Monster-PROMISE (1000MB/s) 128GB PCIe SSD - Final Thoughts

PhotoFast takes RAID to a whole new level and strikes at Fusion-io.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 1, 2009 5:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%      Manufacturer: PhotoFast

Final Thoughts

 

The PhotoFast G-Monster - PROMISE PCIe SSD is a high-end product that everyone would love to have, but only a few will actually own. After some deep thoughts about it the card reminds me of my Ducati. It is fast, fun, expensive and when people see it they want one, too. The thing is, with toys like this, once you actually own one you understand why they are so expensive and start to realize that they are really a pain in the butt to have. The Indilinx controlled drives need to be maintained, firmware updates offer more speed but the best way to keep your G-Monster V3 running at its highest level of performance is to clean the drives of deleted files. For Indilinx drives that means you have to remove them from RAID and run Wiper on single JBOD drives. The PROMISE controller will allow you to run the drives in JBOD for a quick cleaning, but you lose all of your data that was in the array.

 

If you are using the PCIe SSD as a boot drive it really comes out to be a big hassle if you are not used to reformatting your system every three or so months. Power users are pretty much a costume to reformatting a few times a year. We are just starting to test Windows 7 and will have to let you know at a later date if the TRIM command works in RAID arrays. Aside from the technical limitations, the cost is another deterrent. The 1400 USD for the 128GB drive that we looked at today pretty much speaks for itself.

 

After testing both the G-Monster V5 and G-Monster - PROMISE PCIe SSD I think desktop users would benefit more from the V5. The V5 has higher performance in many of the tests and costs 300 USD less with twice the capacity. If you are worried about being "green" the V5 has you covered there as well, since it is only two V3 drives instead of four and it doesn't need to power a full size RAID controller.

 

The PCIe SSD really shows that PhotoFast is able to think outside the box and build unconventional products. The G-Monster - PROMISE PCIe SSD and the G-Monster V5 both show innovative thinking and we can't wait to see what the company comes up with next. You can count on us to keep you up to date on all of the latest PhotoFast news.

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