Patriot’s Inferno uses the popular SandForce SF-1200 controller family, but the product was actually designed for the enthusiast mainstream. Patriot says that the drive balances power consumption and performance, and it also comes with a 2.5” to 3.5” installation bracket.
The red aluminum chassis provides a unique appearance, as all other SSDs typically come in black, grey, or silver. However, the innards are very typical: SandForce SF-1220 controller and Intel 64 Gb NAND memory chips. We found that the Inferno has lower minimum read and write rates than other SandForce SSDs. Its I/O performance is excellence, though, and only beaten occasionally by other SandForce SSDs or the Crucial RealSSD C300.
Inferno is also strong at 4 KB random writes, but it’s no match for some of the other SandForce drives or the RealSSD C300. PCMark Vantage application performance is strong, as well, and only a few drives, such as the Samsung 470-series, are noticeably faster.
Power consumption isn’t quite on par with other SandForce SSDs, but since power consumption never exceeded 1.33 W in our testing, we can confirm that Patriot’s mission to balance power and performance was successful.
- Can Samsung’s 470-Series Shake Up the SSD Market?
- Benchmarking Issues And Trends
- A-Data Nobility N002 (Indilinx, 128 GB)
- Corsair Force F160 (160 GB, SandForce)
- Kingston SSDNow V (128 GB, Toshiba)
- Kingston SSDNow V+ (128 GB, Toshiba)
- Patriot Inferno (120 GB, SandForce)
- Samsung 470-Series (Also Known As PM810 [256 GB])
- Comparison Table And Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Access Time And I/O Performance
- Benchmark Results: h2benchw Throughput And Iometer Streaming
- Benchmark Results: CrystalDiskMark Sequential Reads/Writes
- Benchmark Results: 4 KB Random Reads/Writes
- Benchmark Results: 512 KB Random Reads/Writes
- Benchmark Results: PCMark Vantage Storage
- Benchmark Results: Power Consumption
- Benchmark Results: Power Efficiency
- Conclusion And Recommendations