G.Skill was one of the early DRAM companies that brought affordable client SSDs to market. Without controller IP or flash manufacturing, G.Skill relies on other companies to build the underlying technology. Still, it always seems to find a way to make the hardware look really cool.
The Phoenix Blade was G.Skill's first workstation-class SSD. We spotted it at Computex 2014 and noticed it start selling a few months later. Before Intel launched its SSD 750, the Phoenix Blade was the fastest workstation SSD you could buy thanks to an all-in-one RAID design.
Building on the Phoenix Blade's success, G.Skill is back with a lower-power solution that uses Phison's new PS5007-E7 NVMe eight-channel controller. It even looks a lot like the Phoenix Blade. And the similarities don't stop there: the new drive is called Phoenix Blade X. A cover kept us from seeing if G.Skill used an M.2-to-PCIe adapter or if the Phoenix Blade X is a full add-in card design.
Although it's not exactly groundbreaking, this product is important because it shows that companies are preparing drives with the new Phison PS5007-E7 controller.
SSDs are still no archival media, and they will corrupt after a year or two without power. But if you are the sort of person who travels a lot and unplugs your PC for 2-3 months at a time then it is not a real concern anymore.
I'm so out of touch that I didn't even know that was "a thing"
Really? 5 years ago? Because I've gone on vacation for about a month and my Windows wont even start anymore. And that was about a year ago. Heard a rumor that the 3D stacking technology thing managed to eliminate this problem and i was waiting for some more good news about that before buying a new SSD.
A $60 240GB SSD is the reason why you don't feel a big performance increase over your HDD.
But how old was the SSD? The model, not the particular one that you own.