The test system consists of the following hardware:
Intel Core i5 661 @ 3.33 GHz
Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU Cooler
EVGA H55 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 2x 2GB
BFG 550 Power Supply
Lite-On Optical Drive
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Case
Windows 7 Home Premium
The following benchmarks were used:
ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.46
HD Tune 2.55
SiSoft Sandra Lite 2010c Physical Disks and File Systems Benchmark
Before I get into the numbers, I want to take a moment and discuss the importance of making sure your firmware is updated. This drive must have been pulled from an old stock as it shipped with version 1517 which is three versions behind the current 1916 software. I didn't recognize this immediately and conducted benchmarks on the old firmware before discovering this.
I then proceeded to update the firmware using the files and information on Patriot's website.
The process is pretty simple but you will need another computer for the firmware update as you will need to run the SSD as a slave drive.
Once you have downloaded and unzipped the appropriate firmware, you will need to run the Upgrade_AP file which brings up the screen you see above. Select your SSD model number from the drop-down list then click Update F/W.
The program will do all of the necessary work and prompt you when finished as seen above. Click OK when done.
If successful, the status on the following window will show Success and you are done. Shut down the computer, remove the SSD and remove the jumper then install the SSD in your target system and load an operating system.
Do note that upgrading the firmware will wipe the drive clean of any data on it.
Continue ahead as we check out some benchmark results.