Final thoughts and ratingG.Skill's top-of-the-line solid-state drives are powered by the now-popular SandForce SF-1200 controller. Available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB, with no diminution in performance for the smaller-capacity models, performance is excellent in a wide range of applications.
The reviewed 120GB Phoenix Pro ships with a firmware that provides super-high performance of 50,000 IOPS when writing to 4K files in a random manner, reinforcing it as a premium drive with tasty credentials.
Performance rarely comes cheap, however, and it retails at £300, presenting a £15 premium over Corsair's identical Force F120. G.Skill loses some further lustre by providing only a two-year warranty when three-year backup is the norm, and is also compromised in the UK by having limited availability.
As shown by our benchmarks, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Phoenix Pro 120GB drive. The problem that G.Skill needs to address is that the Corsair Force F120, ostensibly the same drive, is available for less money, with a better warranty, and through a much larger number of retailers.
Blazing-fast performance in most tests
Newer Phoenix Pro provides more higher IOPS for less money
The not so good
Premium SSDs remain aspirational items
Identical-performing drive available for £15 less and longer warranty
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