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[OCN Labs] G.Skill Pheonix FTL 240GB by Duality92

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I want to thank G.Skill for this drive provided for my "Verticality" projet. As a thank you, I will be doing a product review of it smile.gif

Drive Specifications
  • Series - Phoenix FTL
  • Capacity - 240GB
  • Interface - SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s)
  • Form Factor - 2.5
  • Memory Components - MLC
  • Dimensions - 7mm (Height)
  • Max Read Speed - 550MB/s ±10MB/s
  • Max Write Speed - 530MB/s ±10MB/s
  • 4KB Random Read - Up to 70,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write - Up to 85,000 IOPS
  • MTBF - 2,000,000 Hours (83333 days or approx 230 years)
  • Operating Temperature - 0°C ~ +70°C
  • Max Shock Resistance - 1500G

Drive description and hardware details

Today we take a look at the G.Skill Pheonix FTL 240GB. This SSD is available only in 240GB format. It offers MLC NAND type chips for storage, this is the middle ground type of NAND storage. The MLC NAND chips are controlled and powered by a Phison PS3110-S10 controller. G.Skill claims speeds of 550MB/s in maximum read speeds and 530MB/s in wirte along with 70k IOPS of 4KB random reads and 85k IOPS of random writes.

The conctruction of the shell consists of an aluminium outer shell with stickers on both sides, one product identification sticker with all the drives information and the "front" sticker with branding and logo along with drive capacity.

The drive features 256MB of DDR3 cache and 4*32GB Toshiba A19 MLC chips on each side. Now, let's see how this combo does in benchmarks versus the listed specifications!










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AS SSD




Conclusion

As far as the drive goes, it meets rated speed (albeit a bit less in AS SDD, but that's almost normal). If you can find it for sale, it is amongst the cheapest you can find too, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this drive for anyone in the market for a 240/256GB SSD. You really can't go wrong.

I rate it 4.5 out of 5 flames. Why the lack of .5 flame? There's nothing bundled with the drive, really that's it.

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But why does it have only a 3 year warranty tho???
 
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But why does it have only a 3 year warranty tho???

I suspect it's because they wanted to meet a specific price point. The longer the warranty, the pricier the drives are usually.
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I have heard a few bad things from a friend of mine. Mainly the longevity. As an example see here. I believe they've had a few bad batches. Possibly a quality control issue? I don't know.

Not to say that when this drive "works" it is not fairly decent, I just don't know if I'd ever invest in one after troubleshooting why my friends brand new PC wouldn't start.

Obviously take this with a pinch of salt. But looking at those newegg reviews doesn't give me confidence.
    
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