Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Patriot is claiming a read speed of 270MB/s and a write speed of up to 230MB/s with the Torqx II. I would assume these numbers are from the largest capacity sizes. Speaking of capacity, the Torqx II is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and the large 256GB. All capacities use a 128MB DRAM buffer to cache data in and out of the drive.
Patriot has notated that the Torqx II has RAID and TRIM support. In RAID you don't have the benefits of TRIM so we'll have to take a close look at the drives garbage collection capabilities in our Fill Testing section to see if RAID is worthwhile with this low cost drive.
When it comes to pricing, we found the Torqx II at Newegg already. The 32GB model is available now for 84.99, 64GB for 129.99, 128GB for 214.99 and finally the 256GB for 489.99 USD. All of the drives cost less than the latest SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6G products on the market. The most sought after SF-2281 capacity size on the market right now, 120GB, costs 299 USD at Newegg, so the Patriot Torqx II costs around 85 Dollars less.
Things get a little blurry, though, when we start looking at last year's performance champion, the SF-1200. Patriot offered a SF-1200 product and called it the Inferno and it was one of our favorites from 2010. The Inferno 120GB is available at Newegg for 245 USD which is still more than the Torqx II, but the OCZ Vertex 2 with the same SF-1200 controller only costs 180 USD at Newegg. Both SF-1200 controlled drives can rock your SATA bus at 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds. This is quite a bit more performance than what the Torqx II offers and as long as you can find a drive with 34nm flash you will get more performance. We'll talk about this more in the conclusion after we see the benchmarks.
When it comes to accessories and add-ons, the Patriot Torqx 2 comes with a 3 year warranty, but does not include a desktop adapter bracket.