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Patriot PS-100 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Built a brand new Win7 x64 system around this drive a little bit more than a year ago. (3ghz Phenom quad & 4gb DDR3) Out of the box i was getting sequential write speeds in the 190 MB/s ballpark. Win7 booted up in 30 sec flat. 5000 hours later the write speeds still held up. Sequential write speeds were around 60-80 MB/s for about the first 2500 hours, but quickly dropped off...

Cons: After around 2500 hours (6 months for me), I noticed problems with youtube videos skipping and google maps not running smoothly. I checked the SSD's performance using Crystal Disk Mark, as I had done before. Sequential write speeds had dropped to around 20-30 MB/s. Hoping this was a fluke I ignored it for a few months. At around the 5000 hour mark I tested the write speeds again, this time discovering that they had dropped down to 8-15 MB/s! Naturally I went to Patriot's site and updated the firmware to the latest version (3.005). Patriot doesn't provide an offline/bootable method to update the FW, so I had to put the drive in another PC and update the FW from within windows. No noticable performance increases resulted from the latest FW update. I RMA'd the drive back to Patriot (who were very helpful). 3 weeks later they send me a brand new drive running the latest FW. Unfortunatly this new drive had the same terrible sequential write speeds as the old drive, right out of the box.

Other Thoughts: I suppose it's possible that later firmware versions somehow sabotaged the drive's sequential write speed, at least for my hardware configuration, but I find this unlikely. Later FW versions enabled TRIM for the drive (according to Patriot) although many users are skeptical of this as there is no real way to check if TRIM is working in Win7. Read speeds were always excellent with this drive. Stability was excellent. Aside from horrible write speeds the drive has been rock solid for over 5000 hours so far. At this point I'm not going to spend anymore time trying to get another drive from Patriot. The problem is with the entire product line. Maybe it's not a problem at all, maybe this drive is suposed to have a 15 MB/s sequential write. I'm going to switch to a WD Raptor or an Intel SSD.

ADATA Gaming Series 1GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB1G9-CG
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great value, performance, and stability.

Cons: None

Patriot PS-100 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Faster than any hard disk, and faster than most other SSDs. Detected by the BIOS without any issues. Windows 7 runs stable and quick.

Cons: Doesn't support TRIM (yet) which is what you’ll need to get those insanely fast read/write times.

Other Thoughts: I bought this expecting a 10-15 second Windows 7 boot time. Instead I’m getting 25-30 seconds, but I’m not disappointed. I should have done my research. If you want a drive that’s going to perform like that, find a Patriot or Intel that supports TRIM technology. Even without TRIM, read speeds are better than anything you’ll ever get from a WD Raptor, but write speeds are not. If insanely fast speed is what you’re looking for, either get an SSD with TRIM or get a Raptor.


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Display Name: Gregory P.

Date Joined: 04/01/03

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 02/17/10
  • Last Review: 04/18/11
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