Enthusiast memory maker Patriot may have arrived late to the SandForce party, but it’s now tracking the footprints of Corsair and OCZ by releasing its own solid state drives using SandForce’s acclaimed SF-1200 line of controllers.
Patriot’s new range of Inferno drives partner a SandForce SF-1222 controller with either 100GB or 200GB of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, which Patriot claims are “specially screened” to make sure that they’re up to the task.
According to Patriot, the new Inferno drives are capable of a sequential read speed of 285MB/sec, and a sequential write speed that’s only slightly slower at 275MB/sec. The drives also support TRIM, provided you have a supporting OS such as Windows 7. These are the same speeds that Corsair claims can be achieved using its equivalent Force series of drives.
Both drives feature aluminium housing, and come in the standard 2.5in laptop-friendly package, although Patriot is bundling a 3.5in adaptor so that you can easily install the drives in an average desktop hard drive cage too. As you would expect, there’s also a standard 3Gb/sec SATA II interface on the back, which is backwardly compatible with first-generation SATA as well.
Patriot seems to be suitably chuffed with the drives, and the company’s vice president of engineering, Les Henry, even described them as “the fastest and most exciting that Patriot has yet brought to market.” He added that Patriot “have been pleased to work with SandForce to bring these enterprise level SSDs to the mainstream market at a fraction of the costs.”
Sadly, Patriot hasn’t yet revealed what a “fraction of the costs” means, and we suspect that this is because they’re still going to cost the monetary equivalent of an arm and a leg. Corsair’s equivalent 100GB Force drive, also based on a SandForce controller, currently goes for £320.85 inc VAT, and we can’t imagine that the Patriot drives are going to be much cheaper.