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Patriot Torqx 2 256GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 6:02 am
TweakTown Rating: 64%Manufacturer: Patriot Memory

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Even those who follow the solid state drive market have most likely never heard of Phison. Phison makes SSD controllers and has been doing so for a very long time. Some of the first SSDs to ship in pre-built systems sported Phison controllers and for the most part these controllers have stayed in that market. The Torqx 2 uses a new Phison controller and it's almost certain this controller will once again be a big hit with system OEMs since it offers low access times at a very low price.


The performance of the new Torqx 2 shows that you get what you pay for. With only 270MB/s read and 230MB/s write speed, the Torqx 2 isn't as fast as last year's Inferno product, but sells for the same price at this time. The Inferno isn't going to last much longer with the new WildFire and Pyro hitting the market. With the Pyro having an almost identical cost, the Torqx 2 might actually be the shortest lived SSD to ever hit the market if Patriot chooses to run with an all SandForce line-up.


It may seem like I'm being hard on the Torqx 2 right out of the gate, so let me explain why. At the time of writing the Torqx 2 256GB that we are reviewing today costs 489.99 USD at Newegg after a mail-in rebate. The drive doesn't ship with a desktop adapter bracket and the performance is less than half of that of the flagship Patriot WildFire that is currently selling for just 514.99 USD for the 240GB model! - To add insult to injury, the WildFire ships with a desktop adapter bracket and is one of the fastest SSDs we've ever tested. There might not be any justice in e-tail pricing, but we have the scales of justice out today. I know what you are thinking, the WildFire still costs more than the Torqx 2, but the 240GB Vertex 3 actually costs less than the Torqx 2 after the mail-in rebate, 459.99.

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