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