Patriot Inferno 120GB SSD Reviewajmatson - October 13, 2010
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The Patriot Inferno drive comes cased in a fiery red aluminum enclosure. The housing is a 2.5 inch form factor making it suitable for both desktop and notebook use. The Inferno is available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities to fulfill all your SSD needs. On the front of the drive is the same information that was shown on the box including the specifications and the "Driven by SandForce" logo. On the rear there is a stamp of the model number and information about the drive.
The Inferno is an SATA drive supporting both SATA I 1.5Gbps and SATA II 3.0Gbps connection speeds. There is the SATA power and data connector on the front edge of the drive. One nice thing about the Patriot Inferno is that it comes with a three year warranty to protect your investment should anything go wrong. Since this is an SSD, there are no moving parts which means lower power consumption. As always, my inner geek wants to see how things work on the inside however, there are two tell-tale stickers placed over two of the screws that hold the drive together. If removed they leave a honeycomb pattern, as shown in the second picture below that alerts the manufacturer that the drive has in fact been opened. Doing this will void your three year warranty so never remove them. I will do this for you so that you can see what makes the drive tick, thus keeping your warranty intact.
With the housing removed you are left with the parts that really matter. Inside is the PCB with the memory and controller chips that make it run. On the front side is where the controller chip and half of the NAND flash chips reside and on the reverse are the rest of the NAND chips that make up the 120GB storage space. The controller used to run the Inferno series is the SandForce SF-1222 SSD processor, which supports TRIM, built-in ECC, NCQ (up to 32 commands) and SMART. For storage the SandForce controller is paired with 16 MLC NAND flash chips, all 8GB each making up the 128GB size before it is provisioned to the 120GB capacity. The NAND flash chips are manufactured by Intel and are model 29F64G08CAMDB, which we have seen in a number of recent solid state drives including the Mushkin Callisto, OCZ Vertex 2, and the Corsair Nova.
Now that we have taken a good look at the Patriot Inferno 120GB drive I am going to put it all back together and put it on the testing bench.