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Patriot Torch SE High Performance 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive, SSD, (PTS256GS25SSDR)
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- High-speed prison S11 Series controller
- Performance transfer speeds for extremely Fast Boot times, game loading, and content creation
- TRIM support (O/s dependent)
- Solid State Drive, SSD flash based storage with no moving parts
- Smart zip, static, and dynamic wear leveling
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The Patriot Torch SE solid state drive (SSD) is the perfect solution for those looking to increase the performance and storage space of their system. Available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, the Torch SE SSD fits the needs of everyday users looking to eliminate load times versus traditional magnetic rotating HDDs. Built with a SATA III 6Gbps interface that is backwards compatible with SATA II 3Gpbs, the Torch SE SSD has sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 545MB/s. Measured at 7mm High in a 2.5” form factor the Torch SE fits neatly into any notebook or desktop PC. Utilizing a dram-less design, the Torch SE SSD has many advantages including lower power consumption and increased data reliability. Additionally, the Torch SE features include static and dynamic wear leveling, bad block management, low power management, trim support, and smart zip. The Patriot Torch SE is compatible with the most recent and legacy version of Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.
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When I plugged in the USB 3.0 connection, my Xbox One recognized the drive right away and prompted me to format it and name it. Passed check #1! Then I moved my favorite games among those that typically have somewhat long load times (including the new Recore), and the games transferred speedily and readily from my existing, other external HDD (the Xbox One can readily handle up to 3 external drives). Check #2, data transfer, passed! Then I played one of those game and it loaded up and played like a charm. Check #3, game plays without hickups... passed!
Without getting all technical, the load times were probably only a few seconds faster than my external HDD. Any external HDD on USB 3.0 will load games notably faster on Xbox One than the default, internal drive - but, again, I was just plain curious to try an SSD. And I did not even bother to first connect the drive to my laptop to run some benchmarks. I know there are reviews out there showing slower times than advertised on some of these Patriot SSD's, but I am sure, for reads, that this one is faster than a standard HDD - and for my purposes, I am perfectly fine with that.
Now, Check #4.... test of time. This is rated at 2mil hours of data transfer (or use, or whatever). If this thing croaks within a short, unreasonable period of time, I will update the review. But for as long as this review remains posted without an update.... feel free to assume that this SSD is still going strong.
***POSITIVE UPDATE 10/16/16***
Just had to say that I've put this drive through the paces this past month as a 2nd external drive on my Xbox One and it has performed every bit as expected. I think Patriot is on the the first wave of lower price SSD drives, but so far, in my opinion, not lower quality. Will update if something goes wrong.
***NEUTRAL UPDATE 11/09/16***
So far, so good. No failures! But, I do want to note that every few times I turn on my Xbox One, it does not recognize this drive at all. I have to unplug and re-plug the drive's external enclosure USB cable to the Xbox. Then it reads it right away. I also have my Xbox One "un-checked" for the option to turn off drives when turning off the Xbox. So, not sure if an Xbox issue, or the SSD, or even possibly the external enclosure I have installed the SSD into. Ultimately, I am still giving it 5 stars for value and SSD performance.
***POSITIVE UPDATE 8/31/17***
Picked up an XBOX One S a few months ago, and wanted to add that this SSD is still going strong, AND, I am no longer having the periodic disconnects from the XBOX One S. Nice!
I ran a CrystalMark test on it, and got pretty good results, as shown in the attached screenshot.
I can't speak to it's reliability, I haven't had it that long. But so far, I'm very happy with this drive.
Eventually, I contacted Patriot Tech Support. Not sure why but their conversation was distorted and hard to understand. After having the technician repeat his instructions several times, I rebooted. The BIOS was having a hard time automatically recognizing the SSD. This normally indicated it can't find the device. I explained this to the technician and he said I had a bad device and would need to return it by going to the Patriot web site and submitting a trouble report. This seemed simple enough and since I was going to have to reconnect my old hard disk, I thanked him and we parted company.
After reconnecting my hard disk and going to the Patriot web site, I could not find any place to submit a trouble report. There is a link to submit a request for an RMA via email. Not sure whether this was what he meant or not.
At this time, I've been without my operating system on a SSD for 6 days. It may be easier to use the Amazon return procedure than trying to coordinate with Patriot. Unless this is resolved fairly quickly, I do not recommend Patriot SSD.