7-Way SSD Round-Up: Sandforce vs. JMicron

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Patriot Memory recently releaed the Zephyr line of Solid State Drives, based on the JMicron JMF612 controller. Unlike the other drives featured here, the Zephyr's capacity is somewhat larger at 128GB, but the performance of the JMicron controller isn't on the same level as the SandForce SF1200...



Patriot Zephyr 128GB - JMicron JMF612
Specifications & Features
Interface: SSD SATA 2.5" Serial ATA I/II
Raid Support: 0, 1, 0+1
Sequential Read: up to 240MB/s
Sequential Write*: up to 180MB/s
64MB DRAM Cache
JMicron 612 controller paired with qualified MLC NAND flash for best performance reliability
TRIM support (Operating System support required)
Power Consumption: DC 5V Operating 6.6W
MTBF: >1,500,000 Hours
Data Retention: 5+ years at 25°C
Data Reliability: Built in BCH 16, 24-bit ECC
Operating Temperature: 0°C~70°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C~ 85°C
Operating Shock: 1,500G (@ 0.5msec half sine wave)
Vibration Resistant: 15G/10~2000Hz w/ 3 axis
O/S Support: Microsoft Windows Series, Linux, and Apple Mac OS
3 Year Warranty

The JMicron based Patriot Zephyr 128GB drive's specifications show max read and write speeds that are significantly lower than those of the SandForce based drives (240/180MB/s versus 285/275MB/s). Also note, it is the only drive in the round-up to feature a DRAM cache. SandForce's controller is designed as such that it doesn't require external DRAM cache, but the JMF612 is a differnt animal, and hence, performs best with some cache attached. TRIM support is present here as well, and Patriot offeres a 3-year warranty on the device.

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la_guy_10 4 years ago

Nice Round-Up again Marco I like these reviews cause its head to head and the results are right there for you to see. With that said SSD's are the future until then my Caviar Black will have to hold me over.

Der Meister 4 years ago

Nice SSD read

bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

I'm starting to really like the SandForce drives. They all seem to perform very well.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

I'm starting to really like the SandForce drives. They all seem to perform very well.


Me too, just waiting on the prices to relax some more. I can't afford them otherwise.

lifeskills 4 years ago

OCZ Vertex 2 lookin pretty good.  I'd like to get about 5 of those in RAID 5.

one day........

realneil 4 years ago

I just broke down and ordered an OCZ 60-GB Agility-2 SSD Drive.

Soon I'll know what the heck everyone else has been crowing about,.....I guess.

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