SandForce-based drives have quickly emerged as the frontrunners in the solid-state wars, thanks to impressive read and write speeds, both sequential and random (which finally gives them an edge over the previous random-write leader, the aging Intel X-25M G2). All SandForce drives use the same controller, so differences between models come down to the commodity NAND used and—most importantly—firmware.
SandForce played a tricky game with its firmware, letting some manufacturers ship drives with release-candidate firmware, giving other vendors special “max IOPS” firmware, and so forth. Even its SF-1500 and SF-1200 controllers (enterprise and consumer, respectively) are only differentiated by firmware—but this firmware can vary quite a bit. We’ve never tested a bad SandForce drive, but the question remains: Is the Patriot Inferno a great SandForce drive, or merely a good one?
Built for performance, these MLC-based drives boast up to 285MB/s read and up to 275MB/s write speeds, as well as an obscene 24K IOPS (write) at 4K file sizes. In other words, these little fireballs are fast, which is starting to become standard fare for SSDs built around the SandForce SF-1200 controller.
"The Inferno series of SSDs are the fastest and most exciting that Patriot has yet brought to the market," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "Our Inferno series has been well received and reviewed. We are excited to expand the product family with the introduction of the new larger capacity Inferno drives as well as the new 60GB capacity option. With the addition of the 60GB capacity drive, enthusiasts can enjoy the blistering performance of the Inferno SSD at a more affordable price point making it ideal as a boot drive in a high performance system."
For those who plan to do that, all Inferno series SSDs ship with a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter plate. No word yet on price or availability.
We're seeing a lot of memory makers incorporate the mighty Sandforce SF-1200 controller into their SSD line for higher read and write speeds, with the latest to do so being Patriot. The company has just announced its new Inferno series, and like other Sandforce-based SSDs, performance should be the least of your concerns (save your worries for the price).
"The Inferno series of SSDs are the fastest and most exciting that Patriot has yet brought to market," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "We have been pleased to work with SandForce to bring these enterprise level SSDs to the mainstream market at a fraction of the costs. We are very impressed with the performance numbers based on the SandForce SSD Processor. This solution fits well with our objective of offering the latest technology and best performance in our product lineup."
Available in 100GB and 200GB capacities, Patriot says its Inferno series will read data at up to 285MB/s and write files at up to 275MB/s, making them some of the fastest spec'd SSDs on the market. And to make installation easier, each Inferno drive ships with a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter, Patriot says.
Patriot didn't say anything about price or availability, but apparently they're already shipping. We found both drives on Newegg listed at $369 (100GB) and $679 (200GB).