If you feel like SATA III SSDs are holding you back with their already sterling performance, then chances are you’re considering picking up a PCIe SSD. Fortunately for you, there’s now one more option on the market, as G.Skill has announced the release of its new 480GB PCIe SSD, known as the Pheonix Blade.
This near-half-terrabyte storage device uses a PCIe 2.0 x8 interface, so is capable of harnessing the huge bandwidth of its masssive array of MLC flash memory, operating through four seperate controllers running in a RAID 0 configuration. This ultimately gives is a maximum read and write speed of over 2GBps.
4k random write IOPS are also stupendously fast, with G.Skill listing it as high as 245k. 4K random read rates are quoted as 90,000.
As you would expect form a modern piece of kit like this, it also supports TRIM to keep its performance from degrading too much over time and S.M.A.R.T support to let you keep an eye on the drive’s health.
However, should you run into a problem with your new Pheonix Blade, there’s a three year warranty so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get hold of a replacement.
The price of this super powered SSD, will be around £570 when it becomes available in the UK next week.
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KitGuru Says: That is some monstrous performance, but is it worth it? Have any of you picked up a PCIe SSD in the past and noticed a big difference?