Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD Reviewccokeman -
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The last drive I looked at from Patriot was the 64GB Torqx, which performed well - often beating the vaunted Intel SSD. This drive is no different in that respect. It's better. In the 58 tests I ran, the Patriot 128GB Torqx came out even or better than the top drive in the test. In 41 out of 58 it was ahead of the Intel drive by a wide margin. Where is was weakest by comparison were some of the write tests. All in all, it delivered great results. Using this drive as an OS drive proved every bit as pleasing as when I used the 64GB version, without stuttering and hangups. Early SSDs got a bad wrap for the performance degradation that manifested itself as you used the drive and got close to full capacity. Patriot has available a Wiper utility that will clear all of the blocks of memory that have been written to, so performance can be kept at peak levels - helping eliminate this obstacle to disk performance. Along that vein, Patriot has firmware updates for the Torqx series drives that are incredibly easy to update. Download the flash utility and directions, follow the easy to understand directions and you will be updated to the latest version. By upgrading the firmware and using the wiper tool, I saw a significant bump in write performance across the benchmark suite with a slight dip in read performance that is already great.
One thing that still can be a deal breaker is the cost of entry into the world of high performance SSD ownership for a drive of this size. Currently (11/30/09) you can pick the 128GB Torqx SSD up for a cool $384. It's not the most expensive drive out there, but it's not the most economical either. Price per gigabyte and capacity are definitely not its strong suite. Performance is. The drive has enough capacity to fit more than just a slim installation onto it and still leave some space for your files. If you need storage capacity, it's best to use the Patriot Torqx as your primary with a much cheaper large capacity mechanical drive for storage for a fraction of the cost. That way you can have the best of both worlds. Patriot adds value to this package though by including a 2.5 to 3.5 inch adapter bracket. Why is this an added value? This way there is no need to hunt down an adapter bracket just to put the drive into your chassis and pay the extra $5 - 15 it may go for at a local shop (if you can find one). Most current chassis do not have a dedicated 2.5 inch bracket for 2.5 inch form factor drives, it's becoming more common but not yet mainstream. When I looked at the 64GB Torqx drive, Patriot had just announced the ten year warranty on its Torqx Solid State drives. This drive carries that same ten year warranty ensuring the drive should outlast the current system you have. If you are looking for a new solid state drive for your system, you can't go wrong with the Patriot Torqx, excellent performance, added value and a killer warranty!
- Access Times
- Included bracket
- Smooth operation
- Wiper (Trim) Utility
- Firmware upgrades available