Patriot Inferno 60GB SSD Review

Conclusion

Patriot Inferno 60GB SSD Review

Conclusion

So where are we after all that testing?

It's difficult to say with any certainty. For every test that showed the fearsome potential of the SandForce controller paired to the Intel MLC, we have one that makes it appear like an absolute dog. In relative terms at least.

In purely linear read or write tests the results are fairly, well, linear. Although there are a few small drops as the controller switches from one MLC NAND chip to another in general everything is handled very well.

Once we move to the random read and write the drive really struts its stuff getting very close to the claimed attainable speeds. Writing in particular is a strength. Many drives forgo a good write speed to focus everything on a read speed that looks good "in lights" but the SandForce equipped Patriot Inferno manages to produce consistently better write speeds than read.

Unfortunately consistency isn't a term applicable to any other element. Crystal Disk Mark in particular doesn't like the drive at all, and AIDA64 seems to think it's capable of out-performing the SATA II interfaces capabilities.

Yet PC Mark Vantage shows it as having the ability to make the hitherto untouched Corsair Nova get left behind.

So for once this is a product that relies more on "feel" than on hard data to try and make sense of the reams of conflicting information. In use we have to probably closest to the linear speeds from the AIDA64 test as although it isn't the barn-burner that was the Corsair Nova, it's also not as bad as the other SandForce drive we've tested the OCZ Vertex 2.

All in all for a OS drive that doesn't cost the earth you could do much worse than the TRIM-compliant, SandForce based Patriot Inferno. Just accept it doesn't always perform to its full potential in every scenario.

For around a hundred pounds if you've been looking for a drive to run Windows and your major applications on we can recommend the Patriot Inferno and thus it gets awarded our Bronze Award. We'll just be pleased when all these slight issues have been eradicated from the SandForce controller.

   

Thanks to Patriot for supplying the Inferno for review. Discuss in our forums.

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10-01-2011, 05:56:59

tinytomlogan
Today we take a look at a Sandforce based SSD from Memory giants Patriot. Have the early problems been ironed out?

Continue Reading

10-01-2011, 06:25:49

Alicarve
been wondering what these are like, good review from bryan

10-01-2011, 09:13:42

chudley
Very Well written review Bryan, I do have a couple of questions and it may be an oversight by me, what OS were you using? and was it 32bit or 64bit. I do not know how much this may impact on results and wonder whether that is also a test that should be done just to see if different OS do make a difference.

10-01-2011, 09:18:28

SnW
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Originally Posted by chudley View Post

Very Well written review Bryan, I do have a couple of questions and it may be an oversight by me, what OS were you using? and was it 32bit or 64bit. I do not know how much this may impact on results and wonder whether that is also a test that should be done just to see if different OS do make a difference.

Test Setup

Patriot Inferno 60GB

ASUS Rampage III

Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.8GHz

Noctua NH-D14

6GB Corsair Dominator GT

EVGA GTX570

Windows 7 x64





Its time for a new SSD for me ...

10-01-2011, 09:28:31

Alicarve
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post



Its time for a new SSD for me ...
i haven't even got one yet still waiting for more of a price drop lol

10-01-2011, 10:59:36

chudley
@SnW thanks for putting my eyes in couldn't see that despite looking for it twice before posting.

10-01-2011, 14:56:18

VonBlade
It's quite alright we all miss things. Thank you for the nice comments.

The OS wont make a difference unless you're using XP. TRIM doesn't work with XP, kinda with Vista and fine with Win 7.

Although if you're not on Win 7 by now, you really should make that your prior investment.

It's a demon little drive for the money. Just so lovely to see one that isn't black. Little things
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