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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

First Look: Patriot Inferno SSD

Keeping pace with their growing product line of storage products, Patriot has introduced the Inferno series of high-performance SSDs. For this article Benchmark Reviews is testing the 100GB Patriot Inferno SSD, which is expected to reach speeds of 285 MB/s for sequential reads and 275 MB/s sequential writes. The Patriot PI100GS25SSDR SSD kit is built using the SandForce SF-1222 controller on the inside; on the outside Patriot shows off a fiery red aluminum finish on the metal casing that gives the drive a uniquely progressive look.

The Patriot Inferno SSD is best suited for performance-orientated notebook, and works extremely well for enthusiast-level desktop computer systems. Additionally, the Patriot Inferno could also be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. SandForce SF-1200 series SSDs have been designed with a focus on high-performance operational and data transfer speeds, and includes encrypted data protection and improved NAND wear-leveling through their proprietary DuraWrite technology. Although Patriot Inferno SSDs do not offer any integrated USB Mini-B port, there are several new 2.5" SATA enclosures that utilize SuperSpeed USB-3.0 standard for high-performance portable file transfers.


Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Inferno SSD chassis, 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 notebook computer, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading the Microsoft Windows-7 O/S without a hitch. Alternatively, Patriot has included a 3.5"-to-2.5" drive adapter tray for backwards-compatible desktop installations.


Unlike most Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSDs are nearly impervious to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. Patriot utilizes a standard two-piece metal enclosure for their Inferno series, which reveals the internal components after removing four small counter-sunk Phillips-head screws located at the bottom of this SSD. Patriot SSDs have a two labels attached to each side of the chassis, and removing the enclosure cover will remove consumer protection with it. Benchmark Reviews will reveal all of the internal components on our next section anyway, so just be patient and save your product warranty.


Thanks to hand-picked NAND flash memory modules paired to the SandForce SF-1222 SSD controller, the Patriot Inferno Solid State Drive suggests transfer speeds of 285/275 MBps read/write for high-performance enthusiasts. Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features of this SSD, it's time to peek inside the metal enclosure and inspect the Inferno's internal components...


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