G.SKILL decided some time ago to branch out to the SSD market. Their SSD product have pretty much stayed under the radar, but G.SkILL apparently is l;ooking to change all that with the Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD. Rated at 2000MB/s in both read and write, it is certainly fast. The Phoenix Blade is not a native PCIe, though it utilizes a PCIe 2.0 x8 interface. Instead, there are four SandForce SF-2282 controllers in RAID 0. Each SF-2282 controller is connected to eight 16GB Toshiba 64Gbit 19nm MLC NAND packages. Perhaps the most interesting feature on the Phoenix Blade is its endurance rating of 1536TB or 1.4TB per day. No, that isn’t a typo.
Today we will be looking at Kingston’s HyperX Predator 480GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Kingston will be offering this drive in a M.2 form factor or paired with an optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter for use on desktop motherboards without a built-in M.2 socket. It features read speeds of up to 1.4GB/s and write speeds of up to 1GB/s via a Marvell 88SS9293 controller and Toshiba A19 Toggle NAND.
Crucial’s MX100 512GB SATA SSD is one of the newer entries in the crowded solid state drive market. The MX100 uses the same Marvell 88SS9189 controller as the M550 we tested some time ago. On paper the specs are very similar as well. The rated speeds of up to 550 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write are that same as the M550. New Micron 16nm flash replaces the 20nm flash that was used in the M550.
Flash cards are very commonly used in many different devices today. Hence, there are numerous brands that emerged to address the need. Today we will be looking at some of the offerings from a brand called Renice. They have sent us a 64GB SD card and a 32GB compact flash card to test. Let us see how well they do compared to other cards we have tested so far.
Crucial’s MX200 500GB M.2 SATA SSD is one of the latest entries in the M.2 SSD form factor. It offering speeds up to 555 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write in an extremely small package. It is also available in a single sided or double sided configuration with a 250GB capacity also available.
There are so many flash storage form factors available today and this perhaps is the most unique one we've encountered lately. Hence, flash storage devices are improving at a rapid pace. We see them getting cheaper, having larger capacities, faster speeds and getting smaller as well. If you think M.2 SSDs are small, check out Innodisk's ServerDOM tailor-made disk module. It is very small and packed with features ideal for server use. Join us as we check out one of the variants, the ServerDOM 3ME.
Today we will be looking at ADATA’s Premier SP610 SATA III 6Gb/s 128GB SSD. It offers sequential read/write speeds of up to 560 and 150 MB/s, and 4KB random read/write speeds of up to 66,000/35,000 IOPS. With a rather attractive price of around $65, you can enjoy faster boot ups and program loading without breaking the bank. It might be the ideal for upgrade your PC or laptop.