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

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

Final Thoughts


Let me first start off by saying that it is pretty ridiculous that I had to change my test system because the PhotoFast G-Monster V5 makes an 8-core dual socket AMD Opteron workstation a bottleneck. I mean really, come on…you have to be kidding me right? It is safe to say that the G-Monster V5 is currently in a class of its own right now. The synthetic performance results we have seen today shouldn't be broken until we start to see SATA III products. Only time will tell if we are able to improve upon the real world numbers. With new Intel drives just around the corner and the JMicron RAID bridge available, who knows what type of combinations we may see in the coming weeks.


The high cost of the PhotoFast G-Monster V5 is really going to hold the product back from mass adaption. It is actually so high that it reminds me of all those times ASUS has released a single PCB SLI graphics card in limited edition trim. The only difference is that you can actually find the V5 if you really have the cash to splurge on one. Availability shouldn't be a problem since has always done a good job of keeping the products they sell in stock.


Just like those ASUS limited edition graphics cards, the G-Monster V5 is best kept as a novelty product for those with enough money to accept an unforeseen future. Since we still don't know all of the details about Windows 7's TRIM tool or if it will work with RAID arrays, spending a grand on a hard drive that may become a burden in just a few months is kind of senseless. Still, the devil sitting on your shoulder is anxiously stabbing me to say the hell with it and buy one for the present time and we can figure out what to do with it later. This temptation is very strong!

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