Currently at $294 with rebate, the Patriot Inferno 100GB SSD sits at $2.94/GB which makes it a little cheaper per gigabyte than anything but the Intel X25-M G2 on a good day.  It’s controller is a SandForce  SF-1222, which means that it is using one of the faster controllers on the market and that there is an extra 28GB of space in reserve that you cannot get at.  Some companies like OCZ have reclaimed that space, which Allyn described recently but it is unclear if Patriot plans on doing a similar firmware upgrade or not.  As to the performance, when fired up HDTach they saw reads of 241.2MB/s and a burst speed of 240.3MB/s and you can see the rest of the results in their full review.

“A solid state drive (SSD) is the greatest single upgrade you can perform on a modern computer.” At least that’s what we’ve been told at one time or another. SSDs have come a very long way since their first release. They’re more reliable, larger and most importantly, their cost-per-gigabyte has come down. Today, we’ll see if that modern day adage is true as we examine Patriot’s high performance Inferno SSD.”

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