Patriot Inferno 120GB SSD Reviewajmatson - October 13, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Since the SandForce SSD controller was introduced there has been a rush of drives on the market taking advantage of the increased speeds that the chip offers. The first round of drives released had a huge chunk of the storage area used for provisioning which hurt capacities, but manufacturers and SandForce have worked on the issue with new provisioning and tweaked firmware.
With the tweaks and additions of new firmware, comes new and improved drives. The SandForce controller boasts read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to 275MB/s. The SandForce controller supports all of the latest technology including TRIM and has integrated DuraClass Technology. The Inferno drives have been out for some time with SandForce controllers, but with new firmware the provisioning was lessened to only 8GB instead of the original 28GB. This gives a higher capacity to the series and a better cost per gigabyte ratio.
The capacities of SSD drive are still at a premium though, so there is a trade off between capacity and speed which make these great for OS installs but not for mass storage. With the 120GB version you are looking at about a price of $2.42 per gigabyte which is high in storage terms, but when speed is a concern it is right on the money. Patriot has a long line of SSD products under its belt and the Inferno is aimed at the top. Without wasting much more time how about we go dig in and tear this baby apart?
The Patriot Inferno 120GB comes packaged in a sleek black box with a window to show off the fiery red design of the drive. On their front there is also the SandForce logo quoting "Driven by SandForce". The front also states some of the specifications of the Inferno drive such as being a 2.5 inch Solid State Drive with a SATA I/II Interface for 1.5Gbps and 3Gbps respectively. On the rear of the packaging Patriot lists some of the features for the Inferno 120GB such as being a 1.5" form factor, low power consumption, and SATA I/II compatible. When you open the packaging there are two blister packs on the inside. The first blister pack contains the 120GB Patriot Inferno SSD drive, the second blister pack has the 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch converting bracket so that you can mount it easily in your case that does not have a 2.5 inch drive bay available.
As I mentioned above, Patriot has included the bay converter for convenience when installing the drive. The converter comes with all of the screws needed for installation. Just line up the drive and screw in the four mounting screws into the bottom of the bracket to the drive and it is ready to go. Then you just mount into the your empty 3.5 inch bay and connect the cables.
Now that we have the Inferno out of the package we can take a closer look at the drive itself.