For years, consumers have been asking the computer industry to produce faster, smaller and more efficient processors so we would be able to utilize our software to its fullest potential. Although it took some time, our prayers were finally answered and we have processors so efficient and powerful that now our software doesn't utilize the processor to its potential. With the advent of dual and quad cores, hyperthreading and hypertransport the processor is now too fast for the rest of our system. We have video cards whose GPUs produce such high frame rates that even the human eye is unable to compete.
All that is great, but for years, while we have been doting on processors and video cards, we forgot one thing, the Hard Drive. Sure, we have seen increased storage capacity and some increases in speed but when we take a true look into hard drive technology, how much has it really progressed? 3.5" hard drives have been the standard for over 12 years and we have been stuck at 7200 RPM (mainstream) for almost 6. So where is the progression to make a storage drive more efficient, durable and able to transfer data quicker to compete with the speed of our processors? Finally there is an answer and the answer is a Solid State Drive (SSD). An SSD is compact (2.5") and has no moving parts, which makes them more durable than a standard hard drive, which has multiple moving parts. SSDs utilize flash memory to store data and consume less power but, best of all, they deliver quicker read and write speeds.
The Patriot Torqx 128 GB Solid State Drive is Patriot Memory's newest SSD. The Patriot Torqx Solid State Drive is one of three SSDs in the Torqx line which include 64, 128 and 256 GB storage capacities. Patriot may not be a familiar name when someone mentions hard drives but is well known for producing memory and Solid State Drives are made with memory.
For this review, Hi Tech Legion has collaborated with both the Computer Ed radio show and Patriot Memory to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of the Patriot Torqx Solid State Drive. Computer Ed conducted a live interview with J.R. Wakabyashi and Saeed Arash Far, from Patriot, that covers many questions a consumer may have about SSDs, and the interview was aired on July 19, 2009. The interview for the radio show was a total of 15 minutes long and can be found in the Putting it all Together section of this review. As an added feature for the HTL community, there is also an extra 15 minutes of more technical questions (some provided by HTL members) and answers which were not aired on the Computer Ed radio show. Hi Tech Legion will provide its readers with the objective part of the Patriot Torqx 128 GB SSD Review.