Patriot Inferno 120GB SandForce-Based SSD

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Test System and IOMeter

Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, Vantage, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. And all drives were secure erased prior to the start of any testing. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered


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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7 965

Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme
(X58 Express Chipset)

GeForce GTX 280

6144MB Corsair DDR3-1333
CAS 7

Integrated on board

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 100GB
OCZ Vertex 2 100GB
OCZ Agility 2 100GB
Corsair Force 100GB
Patriot Memory Zephyr 128GB

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel 9.1.1.1025 w/ Matrix Storage
DirectX 11

NVIDIA ForceWare v196.34

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tach v3.0.1.0
ATTO v2.46
CrystalDiskMark v3
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2010 SP1

IOMeter
I/O Subsystem Measurement

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns with IOMeter; one with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and one with IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads and 100% random access. Both tests were conducted with 8 worker threads.

Considering the Patriot Inferno is based on the same SandForce SF-1200 series controller as its OCZ, Corsair and OWC contemporaries here, it comes as no surprise that it performs similarly. The Patriot drive, however, did suffer from longer than usual max response times, which were repeatable after secure erases and multiple test runs.

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