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Patriot Torqx 2 Review

The Torqx 2 is a new line of SSDs from Patriot Memory, which was announced and started shipping at the beginning of the month. Available in 32GB to 256GB capacities, the SATA 3Gb/s drive uses a rarely seen Phison controller to deliver read speeds of 270MB/s and writes of 230MB/s. We put this 2.5-inch drive through its paces and stack it up against its competitors.

The original Patriot Torqx drive was released in mid-2009 and was available with up to 64GB-256GB of capacity. It used an Indilinx controller as opposed to the Phison controller in the new Torqx 2. Indilinx was bought out in March of this year by OCZ Technology, which may have helped precipitate the change in controllers for Patriot’s mainstream line of SSDs. To balance out their SSD refresh, Patriot is scheduled to release the Wildfire SSD by the end of the month, which features a high-performance SandForce SF-2281 controller and SATA 6Gb/s interface.

Patriot Torqx 2 Specifications:

  • Sequential Read: up to 270MB/s
  • Sequential Write: up to 230MB/s
  • Interface: SATA II
  • TRIM Support (OS dependent)
  • RAID Support: Yes
  • 128MB DRAM Cache
  • Power Consumption – Standby 0.5W, Operating 5.3W
  • MTBF: > 1,500,000 Hours
  • Data Retention: >5 years at 25 º C
  • Data Reliability: Built in BCH 9, 24-bit ECC
  • Operating Temperature: 0ºC~70ºC
  • Storage Temperature: 40ºC~85ºC
  • Operating Shock: 1,500G (@ 0.5msec half sine wave)
  • Vibration Resistance: 20G/80~2000Hz w 3 axis
  • Humidity: 0ºC to 55ºC / 95% RH, 10 cycles
  • O/S Support: Win XP / Vista / 7

Pros:

  • Could be a good value SSD nearer to $1/GB price point

Cons:

  • Bottom-of-class performance
  • High power consumption

Bottom Line

The Phison controller clearly needs some work – the Patriot Torqx 2 SSD is completely outclassed in all areas by previous generation SSDs. With future discounts or pricing that gets it closer to the $1/GB mark however, the Torqx 2 will find a market.

Read the full review at storagereview.com.

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