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Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB review

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Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB
  • Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk 128GB

Summary

Our Score:

7

Solid-state drives (SSDs) present a bit of a conundrum. At its simplest they're like the sports cars of the computer world: you pay a premium for speed, but lose out in terms of practicality (i.e. capacity). Luckily, unlike said sports car, they have the additional advantages of also being very power efficient and quieter than their pedestrian spinning-disc counterparts, not to mention more shock and temperature resistant. However, not all SSDs are created equal when it comes to performance, so let's see how Patriot's latest holds up.

Named Torqx, as it's well known that any cool product should have an 'x' in the name, Patriot offers this drive in three capacities: 64GB at the low end, the 128GB of our review model and the maximum 256GB capacity. For now this is in line with what most affordable SSD ranges offer.

The package you get is fairly good, though not quite as comprehensive as Kingston's SSDNow V Series kit. Still, there's a neat manual, black metal 2.5in to 3.5in adapter bracket (by no means a given with SSDs) plus eight mounting screws and a jumper switch. The latter is for upgrading the firmware, but once you get past version 1275 updating can be performed jumperless. Note that this Torqx range (part numbers beginning PFZ) are the only Patriot SSDs which offer upgradeable firmware and are certified to work with the company's Performance Restore Utility, the necessity of which we'll get into later.

The drive itself is pretty standard. It's housed in a solid brushed black metal 2.5in upper case with a less sturdy stainless steel base-plate, measuring 99.88 x 69.63x 9.3mm and weighing in at just 91 grams. At the back you'll find SATA power and data connections as well as the jumper pins, though no USB port as some of the competition feature. The drive can withstand operational temperatures of zero to 70 degrees, and can absorb shocks of up to 1500G over 0.5ms. Translated into plain English, you can stick it in the hottest PC on the planet or throw it out the window and it should survive without trouble.

All these specifications are a tad superfluous for most consumers though, as what really matters for most potential SSD owners is speed. For an MLC-based drive (rather than the far more expensive SLC), the Torqx's quoted speeds are certainly impressive: up to 260MB per second write and 180MB read. Of course even if the drive were to match these speeds in real life, there's the issue of SSD performance-degradation over time.

Beaky69

October 1, 2009, 1:45 pm

Great review, with a clear & concise explanation of TRIM & wear-levelling issues. I just thought I'd mention that the second generation of Intel's X25-M 80Gb drives (which use the 34nm production process) are much cheaper than the first generation drives, at about £175 online.

Harry Butler

October 2, 2009, 5:01 pm

I'm surprised to see the Torqx and the Vertex perform so differently when they're physically identical and even use the same firmware from Indilinx (albeit named differently, OCZ calls it v1.3, Patriot calls it v1571, but it's the same)- curious to know which firmware did you test the two drives with?

gpurvis

October 13, 2009, 9:52 am

I'm currently running a Torqx 64GB on an Win7 with an I7 860. My measured HD Tune results are faster than the ones you report for the 128MB Torqx:





HD Tune: Patriot Torqx 64GB SSD Benchmark


Transfer Rate Minimum : 115.5 MB/sec


Transfer Rate Maximum : 220.6 MB/sec


Transfer Rate Average : 185.3 MB/sec


Access Time : 0.1 ms


Burst Rate : 195.1 MB/sec


CPU Usage : -1.0%





I did not wipe the drive first. It is my Win7 system drive. Disclosure: I do not work for Patriot Memory and I purchased the drive when I built a new 1156 socket system for Windows 7. I am running the latest Torqx firmware.

Mark Haslam

February 8, 2010, 12:04 am

There's something very strange with your performance numbers.





Guruof3d tested the exact same drive and got read performance in Wintune of





213 MB/s Minimum


219 MB/S Maximum


218 MB/s Average





In HD Tach:





229 MB/s Read





This places it virtually identical to the OCZ Vertex, which you would expect with the same chips and the same controller.





Why are your numbers spuriously low? I think you should re-check them and post some qualification or disclaimer!

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