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

Inside the retail package we find the drive itself, a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, a set of screws, a jumper used to update the firmware and an installation manual. Most drives don't come with a mounting bracket and must be purchased separately, so this is a nice inclusion.

Like most other SSDs, this is a 2.5" unit that will fit inside a notebook or a desktop computer. Through testing, however, I've found that most notebooks aren't able to fully take advantage of a fast SSD and much of the speed benefits are negated, hence why I will be testing with a desktop here today.

That doesn't mean that it's a bad idea to put a SSD in a notebook, however. Solid state drives run cooler than traditional hard drives, consume less power, are silent and are much more resistant to shock. These benefits alone could make it worthwhile for some users.

The interface end of the drive features SATA power and connectivity as well as two small pins used to update the firmware.

Continue ahead as we take a look inside the 64 GB Torqx.

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