Patriot Torch: Trying A $30 SSD On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 7 March 2017 at 05:38 PM EST. 10 Comments
Recently I ran out of spare SSDs and needed one for one of my test systems where the I/O storage capacity or performance wasn't important, so I decided to try out the Patriot Torch 60GB SSD that can be had for about $33 USD.

The Patriot Torch 60GB SATA 3.0 SSD has a Phison SSD controller with 16nm MLC NAND flash memory.

This solid-state drive claims read speeds up to 530MB/s and writes up to 530MB/s. While SSD compatibility really isn't a big deal with modern Linux systems, Patriot does even advertise the OS support for this Torch SSD as having Linux support.

The Patriot Torch drives are backed by a three year warranty. I've been using the Patriot Torch the past two weeks without any issues so far.

Obviously you need to be realistic about the performance of a $30 SSD and was not expecting too much...

Reliability for me is of greater concern with this budget SSD drive, will update if I run into any problems with it down the road. So far though I am content with the purchase. For more benchmark results and all the system details, see this result file. Via the Phoronix Test Suite you can also easily compare your own system's performance to the results within this article.

Unfortunately, since buying it, it's currently unavailable from Amazon where I bought it from. Though they do have a 120GB Torch for $51 as another budget solid-state drive alternative.
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