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G.Skill Phoenix 100GB SandForce SF-1200 Solid State Drive (Page 4)

By: Chris Ramseyer from May 25, 2010 @ 6:06 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: G.Skill

The Skill Phoenix 100GB SSD


Here we get our first look at the Phoenix 100GB SandForce controlled SSD. The drives capacity is clearly shown and the branded Phoenix logo is also present.


The back of the drive is where you will find your model and serial number for the Phoenix.

We rarely go into details on power consumption with SSDs since for the most part they are used for enthusiasts who are not concerned about such things. With the falling prices of these drives they are starting to show up on the radar of mainstream users. We have all taken the reduced power consumption claims about SSDs as gospel without verification, but this is something we will soon change in our reviews after Computex.

On the back of each drive a rating is shown and the Phoenix rating seemed higher than what I remember some of the other drives listing. Since the Phoenix uses older Samsung M Die memory that is produced using the 5xnm process and the current Team SandForce standard is Intel Micron 3xnm, it would be safe to say that the Phoenix draws more power.

After looking at the labels we found that the Phoenix claims .55 AMPS at 5 Volts while OCZ Vertex 2 lists .35 AMPS at 5 Volts. After Computex we will start looking at ways to verify these claims, but for now it should be noted that the G.Skill Phoenix draws more power than some of the other Team SandForce SSDs on the market and this could be something to keep in mind if your new SSD will be used in a notebook that runs on battery power often.


On the side of the G.Skill Phoenix we found standard mounting locations for a 2.5 inch form factor drive that is 9mm tall.


Turning the Phoenix around, we also found standard SATA power and data connectors.


With the PCB out we get a look at the internals. The SandForce SF-1200 is in the middle with eight Samsung M Die flash modules on this side. Nothing really stands out on the PCB and all of the components appear to be put together well.


On the back we found eight additional Samsung flash modules. SandForce drives do not use an external cache module and none were present.

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