G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB Solid State Drive Review

Testing – HDTune Pro
HDTune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available. It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it. Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.

hdtune read

hdtune read graph

Very good results here, the Phoenix Pro beats the other 2 drives based on the SandForce controller that we have tested.  Next is the write benchmark.

hdtune write

hdtune write graph

The results here are still very respectable, but the OCZ Vertex 2 drive was a little faster when it came to write speeds in this test.  Since the release of HDTune 3.5 there has been a new Random Access test added to the software. This test measures the performance of random read and write operations. Tests are taken in 512b, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB, and random file sizes. The performance of the drive is reported in operations a second (IOPS), average access time and average speed. Here are both the results from the read and write random access tests.

hdtune io read

hdtune io write

The 4K IOPS scores are very good; they beat the Corsair Force F100 drive.  Finally we ran the file benchmark.

hdtune file

The file benchmark topped out at around 270MB/s read and 260MB/s.

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