G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
The system we are going to be installing the F100 in is comprised of an Intel Core i7 965, Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard, 6GB of memory, Radeon 4870 X2 video card, 1TB SATA drive, Blu-ray drive, and NZXT 1200W power supply, all inside the Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 case.

Before we get into testing let’s open CrystalDiskInfo and take a look.  As you can see the drive is running at SATA 3Gbps and supports S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ, and most importantly TRIM.

G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive

For testing the drive we will be using the following benchmarking programs, we have provided links to each so you can run the benchmarks as well.

– HDTune Pro (download)
– Sandra Physical Disks Benchmark (download)
– ATTO Disk Benchmark (download)
– CrystalDiskMark 64bit (download)
– AS SSD Benchmark (download)

We also made these optimization changes…

– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enables in the BIOS
– Windows 7 User Account Control (UAC) is disabled
– Windows 7 power saving settings are disabled

For comparison we will be testing the Phoenix Pro 40GB against these 2 other low capacity SandForce-based drives…

– G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB (Review)
– OCZ Agility 2 60GB (Review)

Now on to testing!

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