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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Inferno SSD Kit PI100GS25SSDR
Features and Specifications
First Look: Patriot Inferno SSD
SandForce SF-1200 SSD Controller
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
SSD vs Hard Disk Drive
Patriot Inferno SSD Conclusion

Patriot Inferno SSD Conclusion

Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our performance rating considers how effective the Patriot Inferno SSD performs in operations against direct competitor SATA storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-1200 at 260 MB/s read and write, and Patriot increases performance expectations to 285 MB/s read and 275 write. In our benchmark tests, the 100GB Patriot Inferno PI100GS25SSDR performed at or above this rating. The Patriot Inferno SSD delivered 286/277 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Using Everest Disk Benchmark the Patriot produced 263/260 MBps in the linear tests, making this the fastest SATA-3GBps MLC SSD Benchmark Reviews has ever tested. Operational performance was extremely good in Iometer, as the Patriot Inferno outperformed all other SandForce SSDs and competed beat out several SLC models. Based on these results, enthusiasts can expect high operational speeds and functionality for demanding applications.

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Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. Patriot has created an exciting look with the Inferno SSD series, and the fiery red brushed aluminum metal chassis sets this storage product apart from the rest of the industry. As solid state controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to any solid state product line, and the Patriot Inferno is no exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses because of their architecture and technology, but the hard metal shell adds a superfluous level of protection. Boasting an industry-leading five-year product warranty, the Patriot Inferno offers consumers the highest level of protection for their premium investment. If a Patriot SSD product does happen to fail during the 5-year warranty period, end-users can take advantage of free tech support by calling 1-800-800-9600 in the USA or completing a Patriot Customer Service Request Form. It's a good practice to first contact the retail outlet where the product was purchased for return authorizations, as they could possibly offer quicker turn-around times.

Benchmark Reviews has tested the Patriot Inferno SSD against many of its closest competitors, and the performance results were impressive. In fact, the Inferno SSD outperformed the other SandForce-based SSDs in nearly all tests. High-performance enthusiasts will enjoy the a noteworthy 0.16 ms response time, which assures a nearly-instant reactions when called upon. Based on the SATA-3.0 SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor, the Inferno-series delivers native TRIM garbage collection (in Windows 7) and SMART support with impressive transfer speeds. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that lasts up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules.

Heading into June 2010, many online stores stock the Patriot Inferno-series SSD with a lower price than other SandForce-driven SSDs. NewEgg offers the 100GB Patriot Inferno kit, model PI100GS25SSDR, for $369 ($3.69/GB). If you need more capacity, the 200GB Patriot Inferno SSD upgrade kit (model PI200GS25SSDR) offers one of the best price points of any SandForce product: $679 ($3.39/GB).

SandForce SSDs are taking the storage market by storm, which could help products like the Patriot Inferno dominate the high-performance PC hardware segment. Not only are these Solid State Drives extremely fast, but more importantly they're capable of SLC-level operational performance I/O. The Patriot Inferno series builds from the powerful SandForce SF-1222 solid state processor, which brings innovation to the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. While most new SSDs coming to market are likely to be compliant with 3rd-generation SATA standards, the 100GB Patriot Inferno SSD produced 286/277 MBps read and write speeds fast enough push the envelope of second-generation SATA performance. While the current retail price is very competitive with other products sharing a similar design, SSDs still belong to the premium storage category and consumers. Like other brands, Patriot has made a wise decision to partner with SandForce. In summary, the Patriot Inferno series has proven itself as the best SandForce-based SSD we've tested. The five-year warranty is second to none, and the pricing is possibly the best in its class. The Patriot Inferno easily outperforms Indilinx-based SSDs, and competes head-on with Enterprise-level MLC storage solutions. For high-performance PC hardware enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, the Patriot Inferno is as good as SandForce SSDs can get.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Outstanding 286/277 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ SandForce SF-1200 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ Top-level enthusiast operational I/O performance
+ 5-Year Patriot full product warranty
+ 100GB/200GB of high-speed SSD storage capacity
+ AES-128 Automatic encryption and password data protection
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Includes 3.5" adapter tray for desktop installation
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Lacks integrated USB Mini-B data connection
- Not 3rd-Generation SATA-6.0 compliant
- No public firmware updates available

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 7.25

Final Score: 9.15 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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