Patriot Torqx 2 128GB SATA 2.0 SSD Review – Interior and Test Protocol

PATRIOT TORQX 2 INTERIOR COMPONENTS

The Patriot Torqx 2 is controlled by the Phison PS3105-35-1 controller and the PCB has 8 modules of 16GB 32nm Toshiba NAND flash memory for a total of 128GB of RAW data storage.  Once formatted, the total capacity available to the user is 119GB.  To assist with the drives performance, there is also a Hynix 128MB DRAM cache which can be seen just above the controller.  A quick click on any of our pictures will give the reader a much better view.

TEST SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY

This is The SSD Review Test Bench and a quick click on the photo will bring it up full size for closer inspection.

  • Our main goal in testing is to ensure that all test results are as accurate as they can be and no anomalies slip through.
  • We conduct all tests three times and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 ‘safe mode’ to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.
  • We prefer to use as many benchmark programs as possible to assist with confirmation of results and provide the reader with the actual tests as received to avoid any confusion when unexpected test benchmarks are received.
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BENCH CONFIGURATION

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte P67A-UD7 ATX LGA 1155 Intel SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 SDRAM

GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0

POWER: Corsair Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CHASSIS: Fractal-Design Define XL ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case

CPU COOLER: Corsair H50 High Performance Water CPU Cooler

NETWORK: DiLink Powerline AV Network With D-Link DIR 655 Wifi N Router

DVD: Sony Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer

STORAGE: 3 x Icy Dock 4×1 SSD Racks for 5.25″ Device Bay

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

Software used for our testing today consists of Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark,  and  AS SSD.  These programs provide synthetic benchmarks and we will do our best to explain how each shows us a bit more of the SSD and why some of their scores may deviate for the same type of test.

Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Interior Components and Test Bench

Pg3 – Initial Testing

Pg4 – HDTune Testing

Pg5 – The HDD/SSD Comparison and Final Thoughts

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