G.SKILL Announces Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD

G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., a leading producer of high-performance memory and SSD devices, is announcing the Phoenix Blade Series of PCIe SSD, representing the next generation of high-capacity and high-speed storage alternatives. With a design that incorporates the newest flash-based solid state storage technology, and offering error correction and failure handling support, G.SKILL’s Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is an ideal storage solution for extreme gamers, professional graphics designers, HD video and audio content creators, and for other industrial usage scenarios.

GSkill Phoenix Blade 480GB front view

The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is designed to utilize a PCIe Gen 2.0 X8 interface, and incorporates 4 X LSI SandForce SF-2281 NAND controllers coupled with MLC NAND in a RAID0 configuration. This setup offers up to 4 X the read and write performance of a typical single SATA3 SSD by eliminating data transfer lane bottlenecks, augmented by the benefits of writing to the large 480GB flash storage array.

GSkill Phoenix Blade 480GB angled

G.SKILL’s Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is able to attain maximum sequential read and write speeds of (up to) 2000 MB/s using the IOMETER benchmark. Crystal Disk Mark testing yields sequential read speeds of (up to) 1900 MB/s and sequential write speeds of (up to) 1050 MB/s. Again using the IOMETER benchmark software, the Phoenix Blade attains 4K random read speeds of (up to) 90,000 IOPS, and random 4K write speeds of (up to) 245,000 IOPS.

GSkill Phoenix Blade 480GB with package

Power consumption is stated as 15W for maximum read workloads, 18W for maximum write workloads, and 8W at idle. Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is rated at 1,000,000 hours. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is a half-height, full-length form factor card that is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems. The Phoenix Blade PCIE SSD requires a G.SKILL-provided driver, which also makes the device bootable.

GSkill Phoenix Blade 480GB with motherboard

G.SKILL utilizes CRC (cycle redundancy check) data protection to prevent data moving in and out of the drive from becoming corrupted. Utilization of BCH ECC of up to 55 bits per sector combined with RAID5-like data protection means that flash cell errors and page/block failures are virtually eliminated. A full suite of S.M.A.R.T. drive monitoring attributes allows users to monitor their drive’s status and health. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD also supports AES-128 bit encryption, and supports TRIM and SCSI UNMAP functions to reduce flash deterioration and extend the device’s lifespan.

GSKILL Phoenix Blade insignia

G.SKILL is backing the Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD with a limited three-year warranty and full technical support. You can view the Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD product page here.


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    guess I need to get a few of these…lol…if I only knew a seller

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    >and incorporates 4 X LSI SandForce SF-2281 NAND controllers coupled with MLC NAND in a RAID0 configuration.

    Nope. Its bad enough to have one sandforce controller, let alone 4. In raid0.
    We want native pci-e solutions with NVMe, not this mess.
    Also, 3 year warranty on a highend product like this is unacceptable.

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    Everything is nice but “SandForce SF-2281”

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    This would’ve been cool a year ago, but with REAL PCIE SSDs on the market that actually perform well, what are they thinking? They should dump this whole idea and use Marvell’s latest controller that supports NVME. I can’t imagine that buying 4 SF-2281 and a RAID chip is going to be cost-efficient. And it’s definitely not going to perform as well or have great hardware compatibility.

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