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Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD Review

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alpaca 3rd July 2009, 13:55 Quote
am i the only one who thinks those reviews get a bit samey...?
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fter all, they are, when it comes down to it, the same piece of kit (minus the sticker).
this is so true..
[USRF]Obiwan 3rd July 2009, 14:19 Quote
You need 8 SSD drives to get 1TB
That is 2417,20 pounds compared to 85 pounds for one 1TB drive (any brand).

It's not better, it is just faster and for those few seconds it is still not worth it.
OWNED66 3rd July 2009, 14:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]You need 8 SSD drives to get 1TB
That is 2417,20 pounds compared to 85 pounds for one 1TB drive (any brand).

It's not better, it is just faster and for those few seconds it is still not worth it.

get 30 gb vertex ssd for os

and get 2 tb for storage

simple
Paradigm Shifter 3rd July 2009, 14:35 Quote
I admit I was pretty tempted by that 64GB Samsung SSD that Richard pointed out in his blog post about SSDs. They're still rather more pricy than I want... but the little HTPC I'm putting together as a present is gonna be fairly sluggish on a 5400RPM HDD. :( Let's face it, the Atom needs all the help it can get.

But the OCZ drive is still more attractive. Along with that Corsair P256 one.
Bindibadgi 3rd July 2009, 14:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by alpaca
am i the only one who thinks those reviews get a bit samey...?

this is so true..

We're not doing any more Indilinx now, we just had to get through them.

After the Summit, we're going to concentrate on value ones.
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
You need 8 SSD drives to get 1TB
That is 2417,20 pounds compared to 85 pounds for one 1TB drive (any brand).

It's not better, it is just faster and for those few seconds it is still not worth it.

I completely disagree, you are looking at it the wrong way. SSDs are not mass storage. It's like accessing the benefit of dual versus single core CPUs - the smoothness and nippiness is far far better for SSD.
Htr-Labs 3rd July 2009, 14:53 Quote
haha.....this is what gets me

Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD Review
Manufacturer: Patriot Memory
UK Price (as reviewed): £302.15 (inc. VAT)
US Price (as reviewed): $419.78 (ex. Tax)

The Intel X25-M 80 GB model can be had for a mere $95 less than this drive.....sure its almost 50 GB less storage but seriously....it's an SSD...who needs more than 80 GB for an OS and some games?


Price on Newegg $314.99 w/ Free Shipping! (Sorry to the UK fellas)

edit: btw thanks for the excellent review Harry....I always enjoy reading your reviews....very detailed and thorough...keep up the good work ;)
faugusztin 3rd July 2009, 14:54 Quote
Intrerestingly, here in Slovakia it's other way around (but it's true i compare the retail price of Vertex vs Torqx which i can get for the minimum margin on top of the price from manufacturer). So for me it's 320€ without VAT for Torqx with 3,5" adapter vs 339€ without VAT for OCZ Vertex 120GB (or 296€ for OCZ Agility 120GB).

My primary target was Corsair P256, but they are simply impossible to find on market, 2 shops offer them, neither have them on stock, delivery date of 10 days was pushed away by another 10 days so right now i'm deciding between Agility/Torqx/Vertex...

What's your opinion ? OCZ Support vs Torqx lower price with 3,5" adapter ?
[USRF]Obiwan 3rd July 2009, 14:55 Quote
If you look at it that way... use a SSD as a a primary OS and others for storage. Why would you compare a 1TB drive to a 128GB SSD then. why not use 80gb drive ?

It does not make any sense at all to compare HD performance to SSD performance anyway nowadays. its like comparing a Floppy drive to a HD.
wafflesomd 3rd July 2009, 17:00 Quote
Wonder when this stuff will become affordable.

I could get 4 terabyte drives for the price of one of these.
xaser04 3rd July 2009, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
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Originally Posted by alpaca
am i the only one who thinks those reviews get a bit samey...?

this is so true..

We're not doing any more Indilinx now, we just had to get through them.

After the Summit, we're going to concentrate on value ones.

Would it not have been easier to simply put them together into 1 big review?

Personally though for my uses I can't see the point of SSD's at the moment. Yes they are faster at certain things but the price is not justifiable yet.
perplekks45 3rd July 2009, 17:24 Quote
I think if they'd tried that they wouldn't have been able to release the article before now. That would've meant no coverage whatever of a whole range of SSDs.
Bindibadgi 3rd July 2009, 18:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Would it not have been easier to simply put them together into 1 big review?

They all arrived at different times and it's not good for Google SEO to lump stuff together ;)
bogie170 3rd July 2009, 18:21 Quote
Why didn't you guys recommend the Corsair P256 drive? It seemed to be the speediest one available?
Bindibadgi 3rd July 2009, 18:26 Quote
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Why didn't you guys recommend the Corsair P256 drive? It seemed to be the speediest one available?

Samsung is very, very slow for firmware updates and currently it needs one because if it's formatted within the OS - it kills the drive.
Baz 3rd July 2009, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
Why didn't you guys recommend the Corsair P256 drive? It seemed to be the speediest one available?

No firmware updates, No TRIM, and if you full format it in Vista, it kills the drives performance dead. If it solved these problems, and fixed the format bug, we'd reccomend it, but as Samsung/Corsair/OCZ havn't, we don't. We're waiting on a firmware update though so there's still hope.
knuck 3rd July 2009, 19:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Samsung is very, very slow for firmware updates and currently it needs one because if it's formatted within the OS - it kills the drive.

??

wtf

edit : sorry I didn't read Baz's post
Dave_M 3rd July 2009, 21:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
They're still rather more pricy than I want... but the little HTPC I'm putting together as a present is gonna be fairly sluggish on a 5400RPM HDD. :( Let's face it, the Atom needs all the help it can get.

I always find that amusing... I'm running my main desktop PC on a lowly 4200RPM 2.5" disk. Oh yes quiet computing is so worth it. Runs windows 7 and some games just fine. I'll hold on a bit longer then get a SSD.
leexgx 3rd July 2009, 23:33 Quote
Ssd respond so far faster then hdds, windows 7 has been optimised very well and can run now avg to older pcs (my laptop is an p4 1.7 756mb ram and it works quite well)

Still why do an full format no one does and its not needed its bad any ssds (or filling the ssd yo the point there is no free space), I had my corsair s128 and it still working fine. 2 months
perplekks45 4th July 2009, 00:51 Quote
LEARN ENGLISH FFS!

Sorry... no, I'm not!
bogie170 4th July 2009, 17:35 Quote
Am thinking of geting a vertex 250gb, can get one for approx £455.00

Do you think it would be wiser to wait until all the SSD problems are ironed out and also to wait until the 3rd generation SSD's that will most probably have Sata 3 and faster speeds?
knuck 4th July 2009, 18:30 Quote
Does anyone else here think that "Torq" would have been a decently original name ? They just had to make it sound silly by adding the oh-so-popular X

MEHH
Dr. Strangelove 4th July 2009, 18:44 Quote
Am I the only one who feels it would be interesting to get an idea of power consumption?
I mean I remember when these drives started coming out THG first showed that they were worse and then better than classical HDDs... has anything changed? are the new ones even better?

I mean I know many of you would put these drives in desktops.. but for me 95% of my computing time is on my laptop.. so battery life does matter....
knuck 4th July 2009, 19:34 Quote
I was thinking about something yesterday. Let's say I want to install this thing in my laptop, how do I know it'll fit ? Are the connectors positioned exactly like a regular hard drive ? In a regular Pc this is not a problem because you have cables, but in a laptop the sata plug isn't gonna move so the SSD has to be identical to a HD

thinking about it I just realized I might have made a good move by buying another Hitachi drive for my laptop instead of switching brand. I guess I got lucky
faugusztin 4th July 2009, 19:57 Quote
It's at exactly same position as all 2.5" HDDs. 2 weeks ago i just exchanged a Toshiba 320GB drive with X25-M 80GB.
leexgx 4th July 2009, 21:39 Quote
the samsung SSDs are lower power use (0.1-1.2w) then vertex based SSDs
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