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New PCIe SSD Brings G.Skill back to the SSD Market

G,.Skill shows PCIe based Phoenix Blade SSD with SandForce in RAID.

@ChrisRamseyer
Published Sat, Jun 7 2014 1:56 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Computex 2014 - G.Skill has been quiet in the SSD market for the last two years due to low flash availability and high flash prices. Now that flash is abundant again the company is testing the SSD waters with an impressive showing at Computex 2014.

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At this time, the Phoenix Blade isn't a guaranteed retail product. The company received the first samples just days before the show so TweakTown didn't have a warning in advance but once the show started we called into action.

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A 960GB model and 480GB model were on display at the G.Skill booth and the 480GB model was actually running full tilt.

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Here we see some performance numbers with Anvil's Storage Utility. The Phoenix Blade 480GB delivered a solid 1,773 MB/s sequential read and 820 MB/s sequential write performance. The Phoenix Blade uses SandForce SF-2281 controllers in RAID with an unknown RAID controller and unknown flash.

After talking to the product manager, we confirmed there is a good chance this product will come to market, at least in limited quantities. When G.Skill ran a full SSD product line, the company's drives were very cost competitive and because of that we would live to see G.Skill get back in the SSD game even if that means only producing high-end products like the Phoenix Blade.

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