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Patriot Torch 120GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 69%Manufacturer: Patriot

Futuremark PCMark 8 Extended - Consistency Test

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228

 

Heavy Usage Model:

 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 allows us to wear the test drive down to a reasonable consumer steady state, and then watch the drive recover on its own through garbage collection. To do that, the drive gets pushed down to steady state with random writes, and then idle time between a number of tests allows the drive to recover.

 

Precondition Phase:

1. Write to the drive sequentially through up to the reported capacity with random data.

2. Write the drive through a second time (to take care of overprovisioning).

 

Degradation Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for ten minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, eight times, and on each pass, increase the duration of random writes by five minutes.

 

Steady state Phase:

1. Run writes of random size between 8*512 and 2048*512 bytes on random offsets for 50 minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

Recovery Phase:

1. Idle for five minutes.

2. Run performance test (one pass only).

3. Repeat one and two, five times.

 

PCMark 8's Consistency test provides a ton of data output that we use to judge a drive's performance. Here we see the three states of performance for the select SSDs, light use, consumer steady state, and worst case.

 

Storage Bandwidth - All Tests

 

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I've highlighted both of the Patriot drives on the chart. Both drives use the Phison S9 controller, and pair the controllers with 16nm ONFi flash, but the Blaze uses four NAND packages, and the Torch uses just two. That doesn't seem to matter much though, because real-world performance with both heavy and light workloads is consistently... awful.

 

Storage Bandwidth - Heavy Load

 

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We talk about performance consistency from time to time when it comes to SSDs, but this is the exact opposite of what we're looking for.

 

Storage Bandwidth - Typical Consumer Load

 

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There is a positive side to all of this; the Torch 120GB is faster under consumer workloads than the ADATA SP920 128GB, but not by much.

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