G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive Review

Solid State drives are still quite expensive for most people, especially at higher capacities.  The price most manufactures are shooting for is $100.  This is really had to do especially with SandForce drives.  Today we will be taking a look at a 40GB drive from G.Skill, which is really close to that price-point at $119.99 at my favorite online retailer.  This drive is designed to get solid state drives in the hands of consumers and to also offer great performance.  The 40GB size is still more than enough room for a boot drive and is the perfect size for a netbook!  Let’s take a look and see just how much performance you are getting for that low price!


Model Name FM-25S2S-40GBP2
Controller SandForce SF-1200 Series
Form Factor 2.5″
Capacity 40GB*
DRAM Cache N/A
Interface Type SATA II
Performance Specifications
Read Rate 280MB/sec(Max)(Tested with ATTO 2.43)
Write Rate 270MB/sec(Max)(Tested with ATTO 2.43)
IOPS Up to 50000
(disk aligned ; 4KB random write ; QD=32)
Access Time <0.2ms
Environmental Specifications
Shock (operating) 1500G
Vibration (operating) 15G
Altitude (operating) 60000ft
Operating Temp. 0oC ~ +70oC
Reliability Specifications
MTBF +2,000,000 Hours
Data Reliability Built-in EDC/ECC function
Certifications RoHS FCC and CE Compliant
Warranty 3 years

The G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB comes in the exact same packaging we saw on the 60GB drive.  On the front there is the Phoenix Pro logo and the SandForce logo.  On the back you have some information on the drive and a list of specifications.

G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive

Opening the package up everything is nicely packed inside a foam booklet which opens to reveal the drive, mounting bracket, mounting screws, and the user’s guide.

G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive

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