Patriot Inferno 120GB SandForce-Based SSD - HotHardware

Patriot Inferno 120GB SandForce-Based SSD

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For a time, Intel’s X25 series of solid state drives stood head and shoulders above the rest of the SSD pack. But with the influx of new players along with the rapid pace of innovation in the SSD space, Intel’s aging offerings—while still very good—are no longer a cut above. In fact, in enthusiast circles, it’s drives based on upstart SandForce’s controllers that currently garner the lion’s share of interest. And you don’t have to take our word for it. Just take a look at SandForce’s current list of partners; it reads like a list of” who’s who” in the memory market with names like OCZ, Corsair, Mushkin, G.SKILL, and Patriot, among others.

It’s a Patriot drive that we have on tap for you today. Patriot has employed SSD controllers from a number of manufactures including JMicron and Indilinx in a few of their product lines, but in the newest Inferno series of SSDs, Patriot went with SandForce’s SF-1200 series controller. The specifications for the Patriot Inferno 120GB drive we’ll be testing here are listed in the table below. If you’re familiar with other enthusiast-class SandForce based offerings, many of the features and specifications should come as no surprise. Check them out below and then read-on for the full scoop.

Patriot Inferno 120GB SATA II SSD
Specifications & Features
Maximum sequential read speed up to 285MB/s

Maximum sequential write speed up to 275MB/s

SandForce SF-1222 SSD processor paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance, value and reliability

Includes 3.5" bracket

TRIM support (O/S dependent)

DuraClass technology

DuraWrite extends the life of your SSD

Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling

Intelligent Read Disturb Management

Intelligent Recycling improves management of free space

RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements)

Intelligent Data Retention optimization

Power/Performance balancing
Best-in-class ECC protection for longest data retention and drive life

SATA I/II interface

Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

MTBF: > 1,500,000 Hours

Data Retention: 5+ years at 25 C

Data Reliability: Built in BCH 16-bit ECC & 24-bit ECC

Operating Temperature: 0C ~ 70C

Storage Temperature: -40C ~ 85C

Shock Resistance: 1,500G (@ 0.5msec half sine wave)

Vibration Resistance: 15G / 10 ~ 2000Hz w/ 3 axis

4K Random Write IOPS up to 14K

4K Random Read IOPS up to 5K

O/S Support: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / Mac OS / Linux

Patriot's Inferno 120GB Drive Includes A 2.5" to 3.5" Adapter Plate...

Unless you’re buying an upgrade kit with the cables and software included to facilitate the migration of an existing installation to a new solid state drive, most standalone SSDs don’t ship with many accessories. The Patriot Inferno 120GB drive we’ll be testing here is a standalone offering, and as such, the only things included with the drive are a basic user’s manual, a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter plate, and the screws necessary to mount the drive to the plate.

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If you’re familiar with other enthusiast-class SandForce based offerings, many of the features and specifications should come as no surprise.

I have an OCZ Agility-II with the Sandforce controller and it's blazing fast.

All of these drives seem to perform about the same, and that's FAST!!

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Yeah I have heard pretty good things about the sandforce controller.

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My desktops WEI score was 6.0 because the lowest part was the 6.0 of the HDD storage device.All other parts were in the 7.3~ 7.6 range.

I replaced the HDD with an OCZ 100gb Vertex 2 I purchased in June before the 120gb extended version came out.

My WEI score shot up to 7.3 due to the CPU and Vertex 2 being 7.3.

These drives really shine in the 4K and 4K QD32 read and writes.

I recently moved it to a netbook for evaluation but the netbook is such a PITA to open up that I decided just to leave it in there.

I feel these drives will soon be replaced by new SATA 3.0(6 gb/s)drives or more advanced technology.

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There is now a $30 MIR on this drive at NewEgg, making it one of the more affordable 120GB SandForce based SSDs available.  If you're in the market for new SSD, check this baby out...

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The more competitive players the better my prices, and Patriot seems to really be competing.

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