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G.Skill Falcon II 64GB 2.5-inch Solid State Disk - The G.Skill Falcon II

G.Skill has just announced a new family of its Falcon series SSDs. Chris has his hands on a sample & takes the time to see where the improvements are.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 26, 2009 4:28 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: G.Skill

The G.Skill Falcon II


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Not much has changed on the outside for the Falcon Series; the Falcon II looks nearly identical to the first Falcon we reviewed months ago.


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The back of the drive has all of the model and serial number information as well as some performance numbers.


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The side of the drive has all of the standard mounting locations that we are accustomed to seeing.


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Let's move on to the inside of the drive.


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Here we get a good look at the Intel 34nm flash memory used in the Falcon II. The 64GB drive uses only a single stack of flash.


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Being only a 64GB drive, only half of the board is used to hold memory. The 128GB drive populates both sides and the 256GB drive populates both sides with double stacked flash.


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Here we see the new ECO variant of the Barefoot controller with the 64MB cache module. At the top right you can also see the jumper pins that are sometimes used to flash the firmware of the drive.


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