The Patriot Torqx 2 has just hit the market and it's so new that we couldn't even get the full retail kit when we requested a sample. As you know, new SSDs carry a price premium no matter what market they are designed for. As they age, the price goes down considerably. The SandForce SF-1200 drives in 120GB capacity started out at 450 USD at their launch, but now sell for just a hair over 200 USD. It's an interesting fact to bring up, because even though the Patriot Torqx 2 is designed as a mainstream consumer SSD, the enthusiast breed SF-1200 costs less. That isn't going to last for much longer, though, at least in its current form. With the 34nm drives being discontinued and replaced with slower 25nm SF-1200 drives, the SF-1200 isn't the prom queen she used to be. The Torqx 2 will also drop in price as it gains widespread availability.
When it comes to performance, the Patriot Torqx 2 is faster than the spinners. It's also faster than all of the SSDs we've pulled out of OEM machines. As a mainstream product the Torqx 2 is a good, decent quality drive that will do what's important, feel fast. The feeling of speed comes from the low access times that will open windows, games and applications very fast. When you attempt to do more intensive tasks, the Torqx 2 will outperform the fastest platter drive, but it still has the SandForce SATA 3G drives hanging around.
With its preproduction status, our Patriot Torqx 2 can't be scored with our charts, but that's OK. We're asking for a retail 256GB drive to do a full review on. The 256GB model should perform a little better and by the time we get to it in the cycle the price of the Torqx 2 should be at, or below the MSRP.
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