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Patriot Torch 240GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 3:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%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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With all of the tests shown, it's easy to see the different performance clusters that normally correlate to a product's price. At the very top is the SanDisk Extreme PRO, followed closely by the Samsung 850 Pro, then a number of OCZ SSDs clustered together, and finally, a large group of low-cost SSDs that don't offer the same level of performance as the higher priced models.

 

Storage Bandwidth - Heavy Load

 

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Most Torch buyers don't plan to subject the drive to high workloads as seen in this chart, and we wouldn't recommend this product for heavy prosumer use.

 

Storage Bandwidth - Typical Consumer Load

 

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In this chart, we see workloads more in line with what consumers will face on a day-to-day basis. The tests for each data point are the same, but the preconditioning is different. Sadly, for the Torch, every other drive on the chart, other than the Intel Pro 2500 and MX100, performs better in the consumer level workload.

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