G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB
As we’ve said before and we’ll continue to hammer any chance we can get, the single biggest bottleneck in modern systems is indeed the traditional plattered hard drive, and using an SSD in your system will make such a difference that you’ll want to cry if faced with having to use an HDD afterwards. No exaggeration, the speed boost is that pronounced and alluring, and we hear it time and again in the forums.
As we’ve seen with several new SSDs, the SandForce controller is a force to be reckoned with. The technology produces some astonishingly impressive performance results, though it does come with a stiff price tag. However, that’s the case for nearly all SSDs, and the G.Skill Phoenix Pro is actually the least expensive SandForce 120GB drive we found on the market at $269 USD. So essentially you’re getting all the benefits of the killer SandForce performance and the best price as well. What’s not to like about that?
In terms of performance, the Phoenix Pro manages to produce excellent small file and random write performance that is truly impressive. And that is exactly the type of speed you want in a drive running your operating system and applications. The G.Skill drive clearly muscled its way near the top of the performance heap in just about every test we tossed its way, leaving us suitably impressed.
With G.Skill’s excellent attention to customer service, killer drive performance, and a price tag that beats its competitors, we think the Phoenix Pro 120GB is a top pick if you’re in the market for a new hotrod SSD.
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB SSD