Patriot Inferno 100GB
Posted on: 06/29/2010 11:41 PM
Today we are checking out the newly released Patriot Inferno Solid-State Drive series and comparing them with the industry’s leading MLC based SSDs. To date Patriot has released a long list of SSD products, and the Inferno series is now at the top of that list. With so much competition already present, we are keen to see what they have in store for us...
Solid-State Drives are still all the rage, at least in the enthusiast community, though the opinions of those on the front line are filtering down to the masses, as more and more average Joes are asking me if they should jump on the SSD bandwagon. While we do still strongly believe the single most impressive upgrade anyone can do to boost the performance of their system is to add an SSD, we do not necessarily think you should.
Currently SSD technology still carries a serious price premium, and as an example today’s 100GB SSD review item costs a cool $370 US. That’s not much storage for the asking price, but it’s a reality all SSD owners will have faced. However for us the price is not the biggest concern we have for SSD technology right now.
Rather, we feel reliability is still the greatest challenge SSD technology faces, and this is something that is often overlooked. Generally speaking it is quite rare for a product to die during testing, and the vast majority of those that pass the testing phase go on to work for years to come and are often re-tested dozens of times.
However this is not the case with SSD products, and we have found the failure rate to be alarmingly high. Admittedly most of the dead products were based on the original JMicron controllers, though we have had two out of the four SSDs based on the Indilinx Barefoot controller fail, while a drive using the SandForce SF-1500 controller has also died, as well as a drive using the SF-1200 controller.
In fact, one of the only SSDs we have had for more than a year is the Intel X25-M, which is still going strong today. So while reliability is evidently an issue for this young technology, it is not all bad news, as drives are slowly improving and so is the warranty service that manufacturers are backing their SSD products with.
In fact, today’s review item is backed by a rather impressive warranty period that extends beyond the usual 2 years, and even the 3 years now being offered by OCZ and Corsair. Rather, Patriot is backing their new Inferno series with an incredible 5 year warranty, which is the same warranty period that Seagate offers on their hard drives.
This extended warranty period helps Patriot set their Inferno series, which is based on the popular SandForce SF-1200 controller, apart from the rest. This is important as most will need that peace of mind when spending $370 US on a 100GB drive or $680 US on a 200GB drive. Before we move on to see how the Patriot Inferno 100GB performs, let's first check it out in more detail...
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