Patriot uses a fairly big package compared to other SSDs. This, and the little window on the front, give a high quality impression. Considering the unique five year warranty I would have expected a big big sticker on the front highlighting this feature - it would certainly be justified.
You will receive:
- The SSD
- 2.5" to 3.5" mounting plate
- Mounting screws.
The drive adheres to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. The front clearly identifies the drive, with some serial numbers on the back. The hot-rod red color is appealing.
Like all other Sandforce drives, the Inferno uses a SATA II (3 Gb/s) interface which is able to handle speeds of up to 300 MB/s. It is compatible with any other SATA standard.
Patriot is using 16 flash chips and the Sandforce flash controller, which is located in the middle of the PCB. An additional DRAM cache chip, like other SSDs use for additional caching, is not available.
As controller the well-known Sandforce SF-1222 is used.
The flash chips are made by Intel and have a capacity of 8 GB each, they are made on Intel's 34 nm process node.