Author: Bob Buskirk
Not really following Patriot that closely until now I am very impressed with the Inferno solid state drive. It out-performed our other 2 120GB SandForce-based drives in most of the tests. I was really impressed with HDTune write benchmark and our ATTO scores. With ATTO scores of 286MB/s write and 275MB/s read this drive lives up to it’s advertised speeds and shows that it is the top performer of the 120GB SandForce-based we have looked at.
This is a SandForce-based drive so you do get the added features that the SandForce SF-1200 controller offers. The drive will do real-time loss-less compression. This is why there is no need for a cache chip, but also means less writes to the data cells. RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) is a term we have heard a lot with these new drives. So on top of ECC for data protection RAISE adds another level of security. This drive also supports TRIM.
I really like that Patriot has included a mounting bracket. Many old cases, which are still in use do not have mounting systems for 2.5-inch drives. Patriot also included quite a lot of screws just in case you lose any.
The 120GB size is something many people are trying to get their hands on as the 40GB and 60GB sizes just are not enough and are only good for boot drives. Patriot does offer the Inferno in 60GB, 100GB, 200GB and 240GB versions.
The 120GB version that we reviewed sells for $249.99 at my favorite online retailer. This put it in the middle of 120GB solid state drive pricing, but with its performance it is definitely a good price. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Patriot Inferno 120GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
- Very impressive 286MB/s read and 275MB/s write in ATTO
- Mounting bracket included
- 3 year warranty
- None that I found