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.