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Patriot Blaze 120GB Low-Cost SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 3:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: Patriot

Patriot Torch 240GB SSD




Patriot's retail friendly Blaze is available from some brick and mortar stores such as Fry's Electronics.




The package gives some information about the features and warranty, but lacks performance information that some users would like to see while shopping from store shelves.




Inside, we found the Blaze 120GB SSD, and a paper manual that covers the warranty terms and product installation.




This is the Patriot Blaze consumer SSD.




The model and serial number are printed on the back label, as is the capacity notation.




The Blaze product series uses a 7mm z-height case design, so it will fit in notebooks and Ultrabooks that require the thin form factor.






The Blaze 120GB drive uses a different PCB than the Torch 120GB model we tested not long ago; the components are nearly identical though. The same Phison S9 controller is featured in both drives, and neither drive uses DRAM for a buffer. The Blaze uses genuine Micron 16nm flash that was packaged by Micron, and the Torch uses 16nm Micron NAND, but a third party packaged it.




The Phison S9 controller first appeared as controller used in cache applications where you pair a low capacity SSD with a mechanical hard drive to increase performance.




Over the years, we've seen several third-party packaged flash, and the performance and reliability has been the same. We obviously don't get many bottom-of-the-barrel SSDs, so you shouldn't take that as a blanket statement. Still, when we get NAND packaged by Micron, we know it's the real deal, and don't even need to worry about the quality of the flash. The Blaze uses real Micron NAND.




The Blaze uses eight NAND packages, and the Torch uses four; both are still 120GB though.

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