- Gigabyte x99 Phoenix SLI motherboard- 1
- Gigabyte x99 Phoenix SLI motherboard- 2
- Gigabyte x99 Phoenix SLI motherboard- 3
- Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4 RAM
Corsair Force LE SSD storage
The SSDs arrived simultaneously with the RAM sticks, and thus once more we begin with product packaging directly:
A similar looking design scheme for the product box here too with the Corsair black and yellow. On the front is the usual company and product name with product illustration, and the main specs listed at the bottom. On the back we see more marketing and technical specs, which carries on the sides as well. Inside is a plastic clamshell similar to what we saw with the RAM sticks, except each box has a single one for the SSD inside.
Inside is the SSD along with the special warranty policy notice for Australia. The SSD is a standard 2.5″ device, with a glossy Corsair label on one side and 2 warranty stickers helping prevent disassembly without notice. As with any 2.5″ SSD, there are mounting holes on the side and bottom and this being a SATA 3 device also has SATA power and data connectors on one end.
Disassembly is fairly easy, no screws anywhere and just plastic pieces that wrap around the PCB. As usual, warranty will be void so I do not recommend doing so.
A blue PCB here, which is fine considering you don’t ever see it. The 480GB here is provided by eight 64GB (with provisioning) Toshiba TT69G51ARA 15nm TLC NAND which is fairly recent and has been a popular choice for more budget conscious SSDs while also outperforming the similar budget options from SK Hynix and Crucial on their 16nm nodes- Samsung is still ahead though, at least for now. On the other side, we see the Phison PS3110-S10 controller which again has been tried and tested, and more than adequate to process the NAND here. If anything, the controller will help provide high burst speed reads and writes for a few seconds, although I don’t fancy needing this myself. This is helped by the presence of Nanya’s low voltage DDR3L 256MB RAM module- the NT5CC256M16DP-DI. Oh, and in case you were wondering what is behind that “warranty void if removed” sticker:
Just another Toshiba NAND flash module. But if you are at the point where you are actually seeing that sticker, consider warranty void already.
Installation again is straight forward- plug in SATA power from the PSU, and connect a SATA data (make sure it’s SATA 3 compliant) to the SSD and motherboard. I did test both with the i7 5960x using Intel software based RAID controller and they worked just fine for my purpose. Not the fastest SSD out there, but stability is all I want. MLC NAND would have been better, but I don’t think I will ever hit endurance limits here before I replace them.
So this is it, the end of this article. Perhaps these will also serve as some examples to show to hardware manufacturers in case someone is interested in getting a full review done here. I have been putting these components to good use already for some tests, albeit still with the i7 5960x which as I mentioned would be extremely hard to justify devoting to this test setup without monetary support. But in the meantime, thanks for reading and wish you happy holidays!