The cost per gigabyte for solid state drives has a very wide range these days. The two PhotoFast drives that were included in the benchmark results both cost close to 1000 USD and the Crucial M225 is around the 500 Dollar mark. The Patriot Torqx M28 with 128GB of capacity is only 345 USD at Newegg and it was able to compete with these higher cost drives in many of the important desktop tests.
I still can't believe that the companies selling drives with the Samsung chipset are not making a bigger deal about the self-healing feature. If you are a Vista or XP user this is the only way you are going to get automatic disk cleanup from a solid state drive. The only reason that I can see for these manufacturers to not mention it is because it will bring TRIM into question. TRIM is only found in Windows 7 and the Samsung controller as of now does not support the command being issued by the OS. Still, with the drive handling the clean up on its own I don't see much of a need at this time.
The Patriot Torqx M28 is not the fastest SSD on the market but its low cost more than makes up for its slight decrease in speed. To be honest, when it comes down to it when the drive is in your system, be it a notebook or desktop computer, you are not going to notice the difference between moving data at 200 MB/s and 250 MB/s. It is going to feel the same since you are most likely coming from a platter drive that was only kicking data around at 100 MB/s or less. It really comes down to experience and if there was an experience vs. cost benchmark the Patriot Torqx M28 would be at the top of the charts.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Patriot Torqx M28]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Everest Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]