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Oct 23, 2014

G.Skill Phoenix Blade PCI Express SSD with Massive 2 GB/s Performance Debuts

Normally, PCI Express solid state drives excel in both storage space and transfer speed, but for some reason, G.Skill decided to maximize only the latter when it put together the Phoenix Blade Series.

Maybe the company fully intends to expand the series later down the line, and this lone model is intended only as a sort of door opener. Whatever the reason may be, at present, the Phoenix Blade Series is made up of a single solid state drive whose capacity is of 480 GB. True, it's more than most SATA drives can brag about, but still a lot less than what PCI Express drives can achieve under the right circumstances.

The G.Skill Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD

The 480 GB storage device is compatible with the PCI Express x8 interface, which means it has a higher bandwidth to stretch over than others of its kin. Because of that bandwidth, and the use of not one or two but four LSI SF-2281 controller chips in a RAID0 setup, the newcomer can reach a transfer speed of up to 2 GB/s (2,000 MB/s, yes). That's easily four times better than the performance of a typical SATA unit. In addition to the sequential performance, the newcomer stands out for its massive random performance, or 245,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second). Other SSDs barely ever reach a single hundred thousand IOPS, so this is a really big deal. It's also a larger part of the reason why G.Skill considers its creation better suited for gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation than other PCI Express SSDs on the market.

Then again, all companies describe their products as such, so in the end you'll have to draw your own conclusion. It's definitely true that both sequential and random 4K performance are top notch though. All the while, TRIM and SMART support makes sure that the data stored on the SSD, and the SSD itself, stays whole and sound. SMART even lets you monitor the drive health, so that you get forewarning when, years from now, the drive finally starts to decay like everything else in existence. BCH ECC of up to 55 bits per sector and RAID-5-like data protection will, in the meantime, safeguard data.

Availability and pricing

They are both unknown, save for the one detail that the G.Skill Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD sells with a 3-year limited warranty. You'll have to wait until your preferred retailer lists it.

Press Release:G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory and SSD designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD, the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity storage device. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is the perfect storage solution for extreme gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation.
By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today's multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design.
x4 SSD Controllers in RAID0 Setup
Built with x4 LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 setup and integrated with a massive 480GB array of MLC flash, G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD increases the bandwidth performance up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs!
PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 Interface
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is designed with a PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 high-speed interface, allowing the system to effortlessly send massive amounts of data to and from the SSD and drastically improves performance for professional and industrial graphic applications.
Up to 2,000MB/s Extreme Read and Write Performance
With 480 gigabytes of storage capacity, the G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is pushing the maximum limit of read and write speeds at up to 2,000MB per second, so large data transfers are faster than ever!
Up to 245K IOPS 4KB Random Write
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD delivers an incredibly fast 245K IOPS! Experience the performance boost in data intensive processing, such as professional graphic/industrial design and HD multimedia content creation software applications.
TRIM & SMART Support
TRIM and SCSI UNMAP support with major Windows OS versions help maintain consistent write performance, reduce flash deterioration, and most importantly, extend drive life expectancy. Not to mention an extensive set of S.M.A.R.T. attributes allow users to monitor the drive's health, allowing users to take preventative measures against possible data loss.
Enhanced Data Protection
CRC data protection prevents data corruption during data transfers. By implementing BCH ECC of up to 55 bits per sector and RAID-5-like data protection, flash cell errors and page/block failures are yesterday's news.
3-Year Limited Warranty
The G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD includes a 3-year limited warranty and full technical support from our tech support team.

G.Skill Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD
Image credits to G.Skill


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