The Patriot Torqx II
As we mentioned in the introduction, our sample is a pre-production one, so no label or retail package. But the inside hardware is the same and so is the firmware. This means we can get all of the performance information from a drive just like you can buy, but we can't show all of the pretty stickers or packaging.
For the most part we are looking at a black aluminum box. To reduce the overall cost the two aluminum halves are held together by friction; no screws needed.
On the sides and bottom we found all of the standard mounting points, so you won't have any trouble installing the drive in your notebook or desktop adapter bracket. It's too bad the Torqx 2 doesn't come with its own desktop adapter.
The SATA power and data connectors are where they should be.
Normally we'd pull the PCB out of the carrier, but the Patriot Torqx 2 was designed in such a way that we couldn't get it out. We can still see one side of it, though, and on that side we see the Phison controller, eight Toshiba flash chips and a single Hynix 128MB DRAM buffer.