7-Way SSD Round-Up: Sandforce vs. JMicron

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Patriot Zephyr

Patriot Memory recently releaed the Zephyr line of Solid State Drives, based on the JMicron JMF612 controller. Unlike the other drives featured here, the Zephyr's capacity is somewhat larger at 128GB, but the performance of the JMicron controller isn't on the same level as the SandForce SF1200...



Patriot Zephyr 128GB - JMicron JMF612
Specifications & Features
Interface: SSD SATA 2.5" Serial ATA I/II
Raid Support: 0, 1, 0+1
Sequential Read: up to 240MB/s
Sequential Write*: up to 180MB/s
64MB DRAM Cache
JMicron 612 controller paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance reliability
TRIM support (Operating System support required)
Power Consumption: DC 5V Operating 6.6W
MTBF: >1,500,000 Hours
Data Retention: 5+ years at 25°C
Data Reliability: Built in BCH 16, 24-bit ECC
Operating Temperature: 0°C~70°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C~ 85°C
Operating Shock: 1,500G (@ 0.5msec half sine wave)
Vibration Resistant: 15G/10~2000Hz w/ 3 axis
O/S Support: Microsoft Windows Series, Linux, and Apple Mac OS
3 Year Warranty

The JMicron based Patriot Zephyr 128GB drive's specifications show max read and write speeds that are significantly lower than those of the SandForce based drives (240/180MB/s versus 285/275MB/s). Also note, it is the only drive in the round-up to feature a DRAM cache. SandForce's controller is designed as such that it doesn't require external DRAM cache, but the JMF612 is a differnt animal, and hence, performs best with some cache attached. TRIM support is present here as well, and Patriot offeres a 3-year warranty on the device.

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