|Patriot Torqx MLC SSD PFZ128GS25SSDR|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 28 May 2009|
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First Look: Torqx SSD
Initially launched as the Patriot Fusion SSD, the product series was later renamed to Torqx. Sharing identical construction with the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSDs, the Patriot Torqx is slightly different in its unique firmware and chassis. The Patriot (Fusion) Torqx SSD utilizes a new Indilinx drive controller to help deliver the manufacturer-rated 260/180 MBps read and write bandwidth speeds. On the outside, this 128GB SSD (model PE000143-PFZ128GS25SSDR) looks like nearly every other Solid State Drive we've tested over the past two years, including the Patriot Warp v2. As of June 2009 the Patriot SSD family includes the Torqx series, Warp v3 series, and Warp v2 SSD series.
When it comes to the appearance of notebook drives, it must be understood that the product you're looking at will be hidden away from plain view once installed. Keeping in mind that this product is solid state, and therefore offers no amount of noticeable physical activity, it takes some special attention to presentation in order to help keep the consumer feeling comfortable with their premium purchase. Unlike the average Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage product, SSD's are practically impervious to impact damage and do not require special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. Patriot utilizes a flat-black metal enclosure for the Torqx series, which fastens with four small counter-sunk screws on the underside.
Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Torqx SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my laptop, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading Windows XP. Since Patriot also includes a helpful 2.5"-to-5.25" adapter tray, the end user can also install this device into a desktop computer case or NAS product. There's even a jumper shunt included for firmware updates, if necessary.
Unlike desktop computers which utilize a SATA cable system to connect drive to motherboard, nearly all notebooks allow the 2.5" drive to simply slide directly into a connection bay within the system. In addition to notebooks and desktop computer usage, this Torqx MLC Solid State Drive can be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. One unfortunate omission from all recent Patriot SSD products is the integrated High-Speed USB 2.0 Mini-B seen on Solid State Drive product models elsewhere.
Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of the Patriot (Fusion) Torqx, it's time to peek inside the PFZ128GS25SSDR enclosure and inspect the internal components...