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Patriot has a opportunity to make a splash in the SSD market, if only you could buy their latest drives

Patriot Memory is a company best known for its DRAM modules, but as with a lot of their competitors, they've been trying to expand into the rapidly growing Solid State Drive (SSD) market.

The big fish in the enthusiast SSD market right now is OCZ Technology's Vertex series. Using a NAND flash controller from Indilinx, it offers superior random read and write capabilities, being surpassed only by Intel's more expensive offerings. They recently launched the Vertex EX series, a SLC flash version targeting the enterprise market.

However, having a premium product has led to high demand, resulting in a premium price. Other competitors have started launching SSDs using Indilinx controllers as well. Super Talent has the UltraDrive LE using SLC flash, and the UltraDrive ME using conventional MLC flash. G.Skill's Falcon series and Solidata's K5 and K6 series also use the coveted controller.

Patriot had originally announced its latest SSD on April 30 as the Fusion SSD series.  However, no drives were actually made available for sale. The company then renamed them as the Torqx SSD series, but as of publication none are currently available for purchase. Patriot assures us that the drives are now in mass production, and will be shipping out to distributors next week.
The Torqx series uses Indilinx's controller and comes with 64MB of onboard cache. Patriot is promising maximum sequential read speeds of up to 260MB/s and maximum sequential write speeds of up to 180MB/s for 256GB and 128GB models. The 64GB model is much slower, at 220MB/s max read and 135MB/s max write. Random read and write speeds were not available.

In order to win customers and gain market share, Patriot will ship free 3.5" brackets with all of their SSDs so customers can use their SSDs in desktops. Most SSDs come in the 2.5" format designed for laptops. This might be a good deal for consumers, but we will have to wait until the street prices of the Torqx series become available to be sure.

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nice of them!
By kattanna on 5/20/2009 4:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
Patriot will ship free 3.5" brackets with all of their SSDs so customers can use their SSDs in desktops

LOL when i got my pair of OCZ Vertex drives the other week from newegg, when i picked up the box from the UPS guy i thought WOW.. they only shipped the cable i ordered. upon opening that box i saw the 2 little boxes holding the drives and thought WOW.. those must be empty. anyways.. these SSD drives are small and weigh almost nothing. heck my wallet is both bigger and heavier then they are.

then finding a mounting solution to work within my new antec 1200 case required me to get creative cause i didnt feel like spending any more money to simply mount the little guys.

anyways, this will be a welcome addition im sure.

RE: nice of them!
By BansheeX on 5/20/2009 11:50:36 PM , Rating: 2
It would be nice if desktops could move to a smaller footprint (in general) by adopting more laptop standards like slim cd-rom drives and 2.5" hard drives. I find that today's 3.5" HD's noise, power, and heat generation are poor tradeoffs for the additional capacity. I guess this will come when SSDs take off as I've only seen 2.5" manufactured in SSD.

RE: nice of them!
By ekv on 5/21/2009 6:21:06 AM , Rating: 2
heck my wallet is both bigger and heavier then they are.

I suspect your wallet is significantly lighter at this point in time 8)

I too got creative re: mounting solution. Used some sheet metal to make a bracket. NewEgg has the following however


for about $10.

RE: nice of them!
By therealnickdanger on 5/21/2009 10:23:32 AM , Rating: 3
I just let my SSDs dangle in the case or rest on the bottom of the case. LOL they don't vibrate so there's no reason to mount them and no one ever looks in my case. Lazy, I know.

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