Patriot joins budget Sandforce SSD club

After spotting that most of us can't afford to splash out the best part of half a grand on a few gigabytes of storage space, memory maker Patriot has expanded its range of Inferno solid state drives to include a cheap and cheerful 60GB drive.

Based on a Sandforce SF-1222 controller and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, the new drive is capable of achieving the same read and write speeds as its bigger brothers.

As with other Sandforce-based SSDs, this means the new 60GB drive has a maximum sequential read speed of 285MB/sec, and can perform sequential writes at 275MB/sec. According to Patriot, it can also perform small 4KB file-writes at 24,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second).

Patriot's Inferno range previously came in just 100GB and 200GB flavours, but the new 60GB drive is also accompanied by another pair of Sandforce-based SSDs, coming in 120GB and 240GB capacities.

As with Corsair's similar line of Force drives, Patriot's Inferno units will come equipped with a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adaptor bracket, so you won't have any trouble fitting one into a standard desktop PC case.

Patriot's Les Henry, said the new 60GB drive meant that "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."

All the new drives support TRIM to ensure consistent performance after heavy use in Windows 7, and they also come with a standard 3Gb/sec SATA interface and three-year warranty. There's no word on pricing yet, but competing 60GB, 120GB and 240GB SSDs currently go for around £137, £257 and £507 respectively.