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G.Skill's Phoenix II SSD Using SF-2000 Series

Tuesday G.Skill International displayed its new line of SATA 6 Gb/s-based SSDs, the Phoenix II, at CeBIT 2011. Similar to other SSDs recently announced by Patriot Memory and Corsair over the past week, the new Phoenix II uses the SandForce SF-2200 processor to achieve sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s and write speeds of 500 MB/s. Little else is known about the SSDs in regards to capacities and pricing. However, G.Skill said the Phoenix II drives will ship in the middle of Q2 2011.

Last week SandForce officially revealed its new SF-2000 series processors. The SF-2200 for SSDs using the SATA 6 Gb/s interface enables sequential read and write speeds up to 500 MB/s although various manufacturers have obviously tweaked this to some degree to get an extra inch of speed. The SF-2100 processor for SSDs using the SATA 3 Gb/s interface achieves slower sequential read and write speeds up to 250 MB/s. SandForce said the single-chip "DRAM-less" SF-2000 processors bring features such as DuraClass Technology, OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption and advanced ECC engine correcting.

In addition to the Phoenix II SSDs, G.Skill is also showcasing its new Sniper DDR3 Gaming Memory series. As the name may imply, the modules feature a unique gun-style heatspreader that will surely alarm parents while complimenting "the enthusiasm and style PC gaming enthusiasts who love to have their PC look as great as they play." As with the SSDs, pricing for the gun-shaped memory is unknown at the point, but will become available later this month.

G.Skill is also showcasing two memory kits: the 2,300 MHz CL7 and 2,133 MHz CL6. "These two will join the popular G.Skill RipjawsX family and allow overclocking enthusiasts to reach the absolute most performance out of their Intel P67 platforms," the company said.