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Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD Review

by AkG     |     July 16, 2009

Packaging and Accessories



In a seemingly concerted effort to distance this drive from previous JMircon based SSDs, Patriot designed this box with mainly white with blue highlights. This is actually a huge packaging change when compared to the Warp v2 we looked at a while ago.


It is funny as most computer enthusiast associate BLACK with enthusiast grade / high performance storage drives but as a certain bard one said “the times they (may) be a changing” and white will be the new Black. After all, the G. Skill Falcon is about as fast a SSD as you could want from this generation and it comes in a white box.


When you open the box up you are greeted with the exact same internal packaging scheme as we saw on with the Warp v2. In a nutshell, the box has two internal compartments separated by a built-in cardboard divider. The back area is for the accessories (which we will get to in a moment) and the front area where a plastic clam shell holder further protects the Torqx drive from damage. All in all, the colours may be different but the whole setup is classic Patriot.


Moving onto the accessories we finally have a company that gets the fact that many (if not most) of these drives are not going to end up in laptops or other devices which use the 2.5” form factor and are in fact going to end up in all sorts of PC cases which take 3.5” drives. As we said in the introduction, deciding a clear winner over the other two Indilinx-based drives may come down to things like the included accessories, and seeing not only an included jumper (which the OCZ Vertex lacked) but also a 2.5” to 3.5” drive converter was nice.


This little metal bracket mounts to the bottom of the Torqx so you can easily mount your SSD in any case you want with no further (or at least none more than usual) effort. As far as we are concerned this should come standard with ALL SSDs. Why should the majority of your potential customers have to go out and spend even more money to properly mount their new item in their case? Bloody good job Patriot.
 
 
 

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