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Until price-per-gigabyte ratios come down to pedestrian levels, the sweet spot in solid state drives (SSDs) might be 128GB and under. More and more manufacturers are concentrating on low capacity SSDs, pitching them as affordable boot drives to improve overall performance. Enter Patriot, which just announced the availability of its Torqx TRB series.
The Torqx TRB line comes in 32GB and 64GB flavors, enough to install Linux or Windows (Windows 7 requires a minimum of 16GB in 32-bit form, or 20GB for 64-bit) and a handful of programs. These drives are built around the once-dreaded JMicron controller, though Patriot says the latest generation (JMF616) doesn't suffer the same stuttering problem as previous versions. Towards that end, the drives also include 64MB of DDR2 cache memory.
"As solid-state drive technology advances, we are able to develop SSD solutions that provide the performance users want while reaching the affordable price points they demand. Patriot’s objective is to offer the latest technology while providing the best performance and price options," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "Our Torqx TRB family of SSDs meet these goals. Users upgrading with a Torqx TRB SSD will benefit from improved transfer rates, quicker boot times and the reliability of solid-state storage in their boot drive option. Including a Torqx SSD in your desktop or notebook upgrade plans provides one of the best bang-for-the buck improvements you can make to your system."
Patriot rates the 32GB at up to 245MB/s read and up to 60MB/s write speeds, while the 64GB checks in with up to 260MB/s read and up to 115MB/s write speeds.
Despite the supposed "immediate availability" of these drives, we didn't spot any listed at the usual online hangouts (Newegg, Amazon, and the like). Suffice to say, no word yet on price, either MSRP or street.