With its above average price and bottom of the barrel performance, the Patriot Torqx 2 shouldn't be purchased by anyone. Those shopping for a 200 USD 120 / 128GB capacity drive should direct their search toward the Patriot Pyro if using SATA III or any number of the remaining SandForce SF-1200 drives still using 32nm flash if using SATA II. If you are looking for a larger capacity drive like a 240 / 256GB, then keep an eye out for the Patriot WildFire or OCZ Technology Vertex 3.
Patriot made the ultimate uncool SSD and to be honest, the Torqx line has been going in this direction for a couple of years now. Patriot and other manufacturers need to learn that the whole illusion of a mainstream SSD based on subpar controllers is an illusion. The performance gap between these JMicron, Phison and low end Toshiba controllers is too great when compared to controllers from Marvell, Intel and SandForce. The only way to affectively make a mainstream SSD is to take a great controller and dumb it down like what is happening now to the SF-2281 drives that are paired with low cost 25nm MLC asynchronous flash.
That said, I don't want to see Toshiba, JMicron or Phison exit the SSD controller market, because at some point they may come up with an actual working product that is appealing to someone. Back in January Toshiba showed us an enterprise drive capable of delivering over 500MB/s performance. It's too bad they kept it in the enterprise sector and didn't come up with a consumer version. I would say a Toshiba drive delivering 500MB/s would be a nice addition to the SSD market, but a subpar Phison controller that isn't even able to reach the full potential of SATA II doesn't fly in 2011, the drive delivers performance that can only compete with offerings from two years ago. Then you top that off with some ridicules price point and the whole product just gives SSDs a bad name since there are people out there buying this stuff based solely on Patriot's reputation for making high quality SSDs.
If someone were to actually spend 450+ USD on a Patriot Torqx 2 240GB, they would have a bad taste in their mouth and feel like a sucker. I'm going to stop there and go wash my mouth out with some scope.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Patriot Torqx 2 240GB]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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