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Patriot Inferno 100GB SSD

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Posted August 20, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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In terms of performance, the Inferno manages to produce excellent small file and random write performance that is truly impressive. And that is exactly the type of speed you want in a drive running your operating system and applications. The Patriot drive clearly muscled its way near the top of the performance heap in just about every test we tossed its way, leaving us suitably impressed.

With a 100GB capacity this Patriot Inferno isn’t as limited as the smaller drives but it isn’t as generous as its 120GB SandForce siblings either. There’s certainly enough capacity to install Windows 7, some productivity applications, and a few modern games that would take advantage of insane performance numbers. Currently retailing for approximately $295 USD after rebate, the Patriot 100GB version isn’t nearly as competitive as the 120GB drives that feature the same performance but increased capacity. Sure, there’s a provisioning hit but these SandForce drives have proven to be very sturdy with TRIM, not nearly as susceptible to performance drop as Indilinx-based SSDs.

So this leaves both Patriot and consumers in a bit of quandry. The 100GB Inferno has essentially been supplanted by the 120GB version, which offers better value with a bigger drive capacity. We suspect the 100GB drives will eventually just dry up off the shelves and effectively become end of life, with consumers just moving to the 120GB drives anyways. Regardless, the performance of the Patriot Inferno is unquestionably impressive across the board, and we absolutely love the 5 year warranty offered here. As a result, we definitely recommend the Inferno, but we think if you go with one, make sure to get the 120GB version.

Patriot Inferno 100GB SSD

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