- Oct 24, 2007
G.Skill Falcon 128GB SSD Review
Manufacture Page: Falcon
Part Number: FM-25S2S-128GBF1
TechWiki Info: Falcon
Price: Click Here to Check Prices
Warranty: 2 years
It appears that after decades of seeming stagnation, the storage sector is finally starting to shift gears. For the first time in computer history the lowly storage device is starting to mature at a rate which destroys Moore's Law. This change in pace is not happening in the regular spindle based Hard Disk Drives (though one could argue that the density increases has been just as fast as CPU speed increases); rather, it is happening in the Solid State Device sector. The SSDs of just a few months ago are already becoming mundane in their speeds and capacities and there is already a whole new generation set to supersede anything we have seen before. Will this increase in speed AND size continue on an annual or semi-annual basis? If it does, it will most likely be more chaotic than the ATI / Nvidia “war” or the AMD / Intel one. While those industries have it down to a “tick-tock” cycle it appears the SSD marketplace is still finding its legs and is actually more cut throat than ever.
Just a little while ago an unknown company burst onto the scene. The Barefoot controller by Indilinx really has stuck a fork in the dying JM controller lines and introduced a 3rd serious player in the SSD chipset market. However, unlike Intel or Samsung controllers it appears that Indilinx is extremely price competitive for the performance it offers. This assumption is based on the fact that so soon after the initial launch, G.Skill has come along with their Falcon line to undercut the price strategy that OCZ had in place. If the G.Skill drive proves to be just as good as any out there, many others may soon jump on the Barefoot controller bandwagon. This would be great for consumers as competition breeds price-cuts!
Indeed, this article will allow us to see if the G.Skill Falcon 128GB SSD can really put the rubber to the road so to speak. Since the Barefoot has been out there for awhile and a lot of R&D and tweaking has gone on, the Falcon may not suffer any growing pains like a certain other drive did….and make all those early adopters nothing more than unpaid guinea pigs for G.Skill (and any other manufacturer willing to jump on the Barefoot bandwagon). Let’s find out if our initial assumptions hold water and just how good this bad boy is.
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