Patriot Torqx 64 GB SSD
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 02-24-2010
Provided by: Patriot Memory

It's no secret that as processors, memory and video cards have advanced, hard drives have remained the bottleneck of computer systems for several years. Disk manufacturers seemed content to simply increase capacity without giving much thought to producing a faster drive, a business model that worked for a long time. Enthusiasts had a workaround by using RAID configurations and combining multiple hard drives for higher speeds but the average Joe / notebook user was stuck with a high capacity, low performing drive. Now that we have reached the 2 TB mark, it's time to take a different approach.

The emergence of solid state drives over the past couple of years is one of the most significant advances in computer hardware in recent history and has changed everything. Early drives were marketed as being durable but very expensive. These drives were also plagued with performance issues due to a lack of cache / bad controllers. Much like any new technology, it needs time to develop, which brought about price drops, increased capacities and most importantly, speeds have shot through the roof. Even an entry level SSD will likely outperform a spinning hard drive.

SSDs still may be a few years away from mainstream acceptance due to the high cost of ownership versus a spinning drive, but for the enthusiast looking to round out their system or someone wanting to give their notebook a kick in the pants, there is no single upgrade that will do that better than a solid state drive. Today we will be taking a look at a drive from Patriot Memory, the 64 GB Torqx.

Aside from the speed ratings in the specifications list (220MB/s sequential read, 135MB/s sequential write for this 64 GB model), the 10 year warranty is very appealing. Continue ahead as we take a closer look at the Patriot Torqx SSD.

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