G.Skill 64GB Falcon (FM-25S2S-64GBF1)

May 28th, 2009 | By Simon

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If you’re interested in buying the Falcon SSD or any SSD for that matter, you must already know how to install a 2.5″ hard drive. For laptops, the drive needs to be mounted onto your hard drive cage and pushed into the bay. For desktop PCs, you’ll need to purchase a 3.5″ to 2.5″ drive bay converter, screw the drive into place and plug in the SATA data cable and power.

I compared the power consumption of the Falcon to a few other SSDs and a conventional 500GB Seagate hard drive. With no surprise, the SSDs are a few watts below the conventional hard drive. It also appears that the Indilinx controller requires a few more watts than the original JMicron controller.

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I will be testing the G.Skill Falcon on my test bed as a primary drive. Here’s a rundown of my system:

Control

  • CPU: Intel C2D Q6600 (G0 SLACR L731B434) @ 2.71 GHz

  • MB: Asus P5E3-Dlx Wifi-AP Edition
  • GPU: Sapphire HD 4850 X2 Catalyst
  • RAM: Aeneon 2x2GB XTune DDR3-1600 (AXH860UD20-16H) @ 1800Mhz 10-10-10-30 1T
  • PSU: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W
  • CPU Cooling: Thermalright HR-01 w/ 120mm Antec Tri-Cool Fan
  • PWM/NB/SB Cooling: Stock/Stock/Stock
  • OS: Windows Vista x64

Hard Drives

  • G.Skill 64GB Falcon (FM-25S2S-64GBF1)

  • OCZ 30GB Vertex SSD
  • G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB
  • Seagate Barracuda SATA 500GB 7200.11 (ST3500320AS)

To test out the drive we’ll be using DiskBench, Crystal DiskMark, SiSoft Sandra, HD Tune 3.10, ATTO, HDTach, IOMeter and Boot Timer. All benchmarks were executed 5 times and the average result was recorded. The system was reset between each benchmark.

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To add a little flavour to the review, I’m going to benchmark the G.Skill Falcon twice – once when the drive has only Windows Vista and the benchmarking software installed, denoted “New” in the benchmarks, and once when the drive is completely full, denoted “Full”. I’m doing this to see what the performance impact is once the drive is full of files.

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