Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD Reviewccokeman - December 3, 2009
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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In the past, Solid State Drives have had a couple of reputations. They were fast as could be, as well as offering a snappier "feel" when you were using them, but then would suffer through stuttering and lag as the drive became full. Luckily many of these issues have been worked out so the drives do not end up with a tarnished reputation. I was impressed with the 64GB Torqx when I looked at it back in August, so I have high expectations about the performance this drive from Patriot, the PFZ128GS25SSDR 128GB Torqx SSD. This drive offers higher sequential read and write speeds to up the performance ante over the capabilities of the 64GB version, 128GB capacity and comes with an industry leading ten year warranty an increase over the two year warranty originally offered on the Torqx series drives. If this drive is as good as the smaller version the performance should be excellent. Let's find out!
The front panel of the packaging quite contains a bit of information. Through the front window you get a glimpse of the 128GB Torqx SSD. A short listing of the specifications is under the window that shows that this is a Solid State disk, not a mechanical drive, and that it is SATA 1 and 2 ready. At the bottom right corner is a picture of the included 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch adapter, so you do not have to worry about finding one for your chassis. This adds value to the package.The back panel lists the features of the Patriot Torqx in several languages. At the bottom, there are two very important things listed - on the right you have the model number of the drive so you can make sure you get the proper firmware updates and to the left is the industry leading ten year warranty that Patriot announced earlier this year.
Once you open the package, you have two plastic clamshells - one that hold the Torqx SSD and another that holds the drive adapter. With the drive, you get the documentation in the form of a manual that includes the dimensions and specifications for this drive, the Torqx 128GB drive, and a jumper used for updating the firmware. In the drive adapter clamshell package, you get the adapter and a set of screws to mount the Patriot Torqx series drive.
If the 128GB version of the Torqx is as good or better than the 64GB version, this drive should perform great.