Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD Review

Written by Harry Butler

July 3, 2009 | 11:55

Tags: #128gb #boot-time #performance #random-write #review #speeds #ssd #tested #testing

Companies: #arm #indilinx #patriot #patriot-memory

HDTach results

Website: HD Tach 3.0

HD Tach

Burst Speed

  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • Intel X25-E 32GB SSD
  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD (1571 firmware)
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • G.Skill Falcon 128GB
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • Patriot Warp V.2 128GB SSD
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
    • 262.0
    • 259.3
    • 250.0
    • 249.9
    • 248.8
    • 234.6
    • 234.0
    • 232.8
    • 224.3
    • 224.0
    • 207.7
    • 195.5
    • 188.0
    • 176.0
    • 175.0
    • 134.0
    • 131.0
0
50
100
150
200
250
MB/s (higher is better)
  • Speed (MB/s)

The v1571 firmware we've installed onto the Torqx has unlocked 10MB/s or so of burst speed over the Vertex and nearly 20MB/s over the Falcon with the same firmware.

HD Tach

Average Read

  • Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD (1571 firmware)
  • Intel X25-E 32GB SSD
  • G.Skill Falcon 128GB
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • Patriot Warp V.2 128GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
    • 231.9
    • 230.0
    • 228.0
    • 221.0
    • 218.4
    • 209.0
    • 165.5
    • 161.5
    • 142.5
    • 140.0
    • 108.5
    • 107.3
    • 106.5
    • 92.8
    • 91.1
    • 89.6
    • 82.1
0
50
100
150
200
250
MB/s (higher is better)
  • Speed (MB/s

Impressively, the Torqx, upgraded to the latest firmware, takes the crown of the fastest SSD we've yet to test when it come to average read speed, even pipping the SLC based Intel X25-E with an average read speed across the drive of 231.9MB/s. It's also over two and a half times faster than a 1TB mechanical drive like the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB. However, this speed is still someway off the claimed maximum of 260MB/s that patriot quotes the drive is capable of.

HD Tach

Average Write

  • Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD (1571 firmware)
  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • G.Skill Falcon 128GB
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
    • 164.3
    • 164.3
    • 160.0
    • 138.9
    • 137.3
    • 134.5
    • 87.7
    • 81.4
    • 81.2
    • 76.8
    • 74.0
    • 62.2
    • 61.2
    • 51.3
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
175
MB/s (higher is better)
  • Speed (MB/s

The Indilinx and Samsung ARM based drive controllers excel when it comes to write speeds, and that's only improved with the latest v1571 firmware. The Torqx is able to exactly match the average write speed of the Corsair P256 following it's firmware update, making it the joint fastest SSD we've yet to test for write speeds. Again though, the Torqx fails to achieve the maximum write speed of 180MB/s claimed by Patriot.

HD Tach

Random Access Time

  • Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD (1571 firmware)
  • G.Skill Falcon 128GB
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD v8820
  • Intel X25-E 32GB SSD
  • Corsair P256 256GB SSD
  • OCZ Vertex 120GB v.1.1
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Patriot Warp V.2 128GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
  • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
    • 0.1
    • 0.1
    • 0.1
    • 0.1
    • 0.1
    • 0.1
    • 0.2
    • 0.2
    • 0.2
    • 0.2
    • 7.0
    • 7.8
    • 12.5
    • 13.5
    • 14.1
    • 15.0
    • 15.1
0
3
5.5
8
10.5
13
15.5
m/s - less is better
  • Time (milliseconds)

As with every ARM processor based SSD we've tested, random access times are less than 0.1milliseconds.
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