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G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe x8 SSD Review

We test the G.Skill Phoenix Blade SSD while it is installed in a dedicated PCIe 3.0 x8 slot on our Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard.

This configuration ensures that bandwidth bottlenecks are eliminated.

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Testing is performed with an empty drive in order to challenge G.Skill’s maximum performance claims.

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G.Skill includes a Windows software tool that allows users to restore their drive performance, update the firmware, and view device information. There is also a Windows driver to install when using the drive.

When booting into Windows, there is a delay of approximately five seconds while the Phoenix Blade initialises. This is one of the drawbacks of using a third-party chipset to link the drive’s controllers to the physical interface.

Test System:

Compared SSDs:

The above drives were evaluated in a different test system to the one used today. All tests are entirely storage-related therefore test system differences are unlikely to cause any discrepancies.

Tests:

  • AS SSD.
  • ATTO.
  • CrystalDiskMark.
  • IOMeter.

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