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Monday, May 23, 2011
Patriot Memory Torqx 2 128GB SSD Review

2. Meet the Patriot Memory Torqx 2 128GB SSD

The 128GB Patriot Torqx 2 SSD (PT2128GS25SSD) we have in our labs retails online for $225.00 and it is backed by 3 years of warranty.

The 2.5" SSD is packaged in a slim box and as you see in the picture below, the device is visible through the transparent opening on the front side of the box. The straight forward packaging catch your attention with the designated orange. Drive features are listed on the reverse.

A slim plastic case is perfectly keeping the SSD in place into the main box:

The Patriot SSDs measure 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm and weigh just 77 grams, thanks to their slim 2.5" design.

Inside we find the SSD as well as a specification and installation pamphlet. Instructions are provided for installation in both desktop and notebook computers.

Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the Patriot Torqx 2 SSD chassis, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook and other compact computer system. However, the SSD kit lacks a 3.5-to-2.5" tray adapter, useful if you plan to install this drive into your desktop computer.

The drive uses a SATA II interface, which offers a 3Gbps maximum data rate.

 

The Patriot drive is using Toshiba TH58NVG7D2FLA89 32nm MLC NAND flash memory which supports an 8K page size. On the drive's PCB you will find eight 16GB memory chips totaling 128GB.

As we previously mentioned, the Torqx 2 128GB SSD is based on controller made by Taiwan-based PHISON Electronics Corporation. Phison.

PHISON's PS PS3105-S5 SATA-to-Flash micro-controller is designed for SATA SSD, mini-SATA module and embedded NAND applications.  It support 20/30/40+ nm MLC/SLC Large-Block NAND flash memory with up to 32 chips and features a build-in 28/32/48-bit hardware ECC circuit (BCH).

Using a 128MB Mobile-DDR Cache, the Torqx 2 SSD can offer ONFI 2.0 build-in static and dynamic NAND wear-leveling without compromising capacity for over-provisioning. PHISON also claims that its chip enables MLC NAND read and write speeds up to 250/220 MB/s, which are lower than those quoted by Patriot.

Installing the 128GB Patriot Torqx 2 SSD product is very easy, nothing to care about. After booting into Windows, we were able to get the first amount of information with CrystalDiskInfo software. The product came in with firmware version S5FAM005 installed:

Intel's software in our PC also provides some information about the drive. As you see in the screen shot below, the drive is offering 122,104 MB of storage:




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